An explosion at a factory in Spain’s autonomous Catalonia region has caused a huge fire, local officials say.

The blast at the factory south of the port city of Tarragona was probably the result of a chemical accident, Catalonia’s civil defence agency said.

It urged residents of Tarragona and a number of nearby towns to close windows and doors and stay indoors.

It is not clear if there have been any injuries after Tuesday’s incident in La Canonja municipality.

Explosió a la petroquimica BASF en Tarragona, un incendi brutal pic.twitter.com/2vqPyC4pHI

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The explosion happened at 18:40 local time (17:40 GMT), Efe news agency reports.

Dozens of firefighters have been dispatched to the area to tackle the blaze.

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