South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that their crews have a large fire at a recycling plant in Sheffield under control. The service still has 10 crews at the scene and expects to be dampening down for the next few days.
The crews did an absolutely fantastic job. We were worried it would spread to Veolia, with potentially hazardous problems.
That would have been likely to have resulted in evacuations. But the crews put fire breaks in and contained the fire to the premises.
Although there was a lot of black smoke, the plume mostly blew over an industrial area and we're confident it wasn't hazardous.
– Incident Commander Rick Rolt, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Around 50 firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a plastic recycling plant in the Attercliffe area of Sheffield. It broke out at about 2.30pm at an industrial unit. A thick plume of black smoke can be seen as far away as Doncaster.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service says that the plume of smoke from a major fire in the centre of Sheffield can be seen from several miles away. They are advising all local residents to stay indoors. The cause of the fire is not yet known.