THE sky above the town was filled with giant clouds of toxic smoke after a pile of 8,000 tyres caught light.

Twenty-two firemen tackled the giant pyre, which started burning around 7pm tonight at Lower Burytown Farm between Blunsdon and Highworth.

It is the second major fire to hit the farm in nine months after 500 tonnes of straw went up in smoke last August.

Clouds were visible for miles on the Swindon skyline, prompting onlookers to visit from as far away as Penhill.

Fire officers from Swindon, Wootton Bassett, Chippenham and Trowbridge attended the farm, and four pumps, a foam machine and a water tender were used to control the blaze.

For dramatic pictures and reaction to the inferno see tomorrow's Adver.

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