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Residents allowed home after major recycling plant blaze

Residents who were told to leave their homes after a huge blaze at a recycling plant in Rotherham have been told it is safe to return.

Around 500 tonnes of plastic was involved in the fire in Kilnhurst on Monday.

Firefighters will remain at the site for the next few hours to damp down. But South Yorkshire Police said smoke levels had now reduced.

A spokesman said: "We would like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding over the last couple of days."

Firefighters damping down at recycling plant blaze

Over 40 firefighters were called to the incident, which saw around 500 tonnes of plastic on fire Credit: South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Fire crews have spent the night damping down at the scene of a huge blaze at a plastic recycling plant near Rotherham.

15 firefighters are still at Universal Recycling this morning.

Wharf Road remains blocked due to the fire between B6090 Hooton Road and the centre.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area where possible.


Rotherham fire: residents advised to find alternative accommodation for the night

Dozens of firefighters are this evening still at the scene of a massive fire at a plastics recycling plant near Rotherham that could be seen for miles and left one person in hospital.

Locals were told stay inside and keep their doors and windows closed as canisters could be heard exploding across the site. Some residents have been advised to find alternative accommodation for the night as a precautionary measure. Chris Kiddey has spent the day at the scene.

Fire crews say it will take 8 hours to put out recycling plant fire

Firefighters estimate it will take at least 8 hours to put out the fire at Universal Recycling at Kilnhurst near Mexborough.

The blaze started at around 10am this morning. Seven fire engines are at the plant. Here is some of your footage from the scene.

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