LONDON – A huge fire broke out at an industrial park in the town of Leamington Spa in central England on Friday, sending dramatic plumes of black smoke visible from miles away.

Emergency services evacuated neighboring properties and asked surrounding residents to close their windows and doors. Local lawmaker Matt Western said the fire could involve chemicals from a plastics company.

Western said on Twitter that “the scale of the fire is staggering” but firefighters “are increasingly confident they can contain it.”

The West Midlands Ambulance Service said he was at the scene but had not treated any patients.

The fire started not far from the center of Leamington, an 18th-century spa town about 160 kilometers northwest of London, famous for its elegant Regency architecture.