Huge fire in Sheffield

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say ten crews from across Yorkshire are dealing with a huge fire at a recycling plant in the centre of Sheffield.

Fire at Sheffield recycling plant 'under control'

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

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Sheffield recycling plant on fire

A huge plume of smoke can be seen across Sheffield
A huge plume of smoke can be seen across Sheffield Credit: Twitter/ @tomhunt100

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.

The plume of smoke can be seen from several miles away
The plume of smoke can be seen from several miles away Credit: Jess Thomas

Plume of 'acrid' smoke in skies over Sheffield

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.

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Just spotted #sheffieldfire smoke from Litton (Derbyshire). Sky over Sheffield city centre as dark as a huge storm cloud.

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Travelling back front N Yorks on A1. Can see plumes of smoke from #sheffieldfire at Wetherby

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These recycling plants are not adequately protected. It needs to be sorted. RT @tomhunt100: Mt. Darnall erupts http://t.co/UqTXc3wRMI

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Huge fire at recycling centre in Sheffield

Plumes of smoke reach into the skies over Sheffield
Plumes of smoke reach into the skies over Sheffield Credit: Twitter/ @JonooH

Ten crews from across Yorkshire are attending a major fire at a recycling plant in the heart of Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Fire Services say the fire has spread to a nearby plastics recycling centre, which contains more than 20 tonnes of plastic.

Huge plumes of smoke are reaching several miles into the sky over the city. The fire service is calling on local residents to shut their doors and windows to keep out the acrid smoke.

Ten fire crews from across Yorkshire are on the scene
Ten fire crews from across Yorkshire are on the scene Credit: Twitter/ @JonooH