FIRE crews spent 12 hours tackling a fire after a gas main exploded on a busy road.

The bright orange flames plunged into the air on Brockenhurst Road at around 3pm causing traffic to a standstill.

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Fire crews arrived on the scene and took 12 hours to put out the fire and make sure the area is safe.

SSG has been contacted for further information as to why the gas main exploded.

A Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue service spokesman said: "Crews were at the scene for approximately 12 hours.

"At 2.36pm on Thursday, 12 December, we received reports of a gas main on fire near Bagshot Road, Ascot.

"Five Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews were sent to the scene throughout the course of the incident, alongside two specialist vehicles, three Officers and supported by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service.

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"Upon arrival, crews found a ruptured gas main on fire. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the surrounding fire using two hose reels and two jets and maintained the safety of the scene while the gas board worked to isolate the gas supply."