Fire crews have been tackling a motorhome fire which forced the evacuation of some surrounding properties.

Emergency services said they set up an exclusion zone around the incident near a North Lanarkshire garage this morning after a large gas tank involved in the blaze caused several explosions.

Nobody was hurt as a result of the blaze, which has now been brought under control.

Emergency services said they were called to the scene, on ground near Colours body workshop at East Main Street, Harthill, at about 6.30am today.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the presence of an LPG gas tank in the vehicle, a type of motorhome or campervan, added to the complexity of the operation.

A spokeswoman said: "It was because of the gas tank involved that's caused us all the problems. I believe there had been quite a lot of explosions because it was a 1,000 litre tank."

Three pumping appliances and one special appliance were involved in the operation to bring the fire under control.

Police said four premises to the rear of the garage were evacuated and an exclusion zone set up around the area while the fire was dealt with.

A spokeswoman said: "No persons were injured. One person was in (the vehicle) but they were safely rescued by the fire service.

"The fire, as I understand it, is now out, but they (the fire crews) are still at the scene. They're just making sure that the fire is completely out. All persons are safe and well."