SENIOR medical staff from Public Health England are warning Stroud residents to avoid areas affected by last night’s fire at Nu-Pro factory off London Road, Thrupp.

Government organisation Public Health England is working with local services to manage the fire and inform residents of the danger posed by smoke and ash.

Dr Toyin Ejidokun, from Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire PHE Centre said: “Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors in the Stroud area, they are advised to avoid areas affected by the smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and difficulty in breathing, breathlessness, and chest pain. If people experience these symptoms, they should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.

“The chemicals in the smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma. People who have asthma should carry their inhaler.”

Anyone affected by the smoke or concerned about its impact on their health should call NHS 111.

Health Safety Executive (HSE) will not be involved in the fire aftermath. A spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident but there is no need for HSE to be immediately involved at this stage.”