Arsonist may have set fire to waste tip

Veolia Environmental Services, Askern Road, Carcroft the scene in which twenty firefighters tackled a fire
Veolia Environmental Services, Askern Road, Carcroft the scene in which twenty firefighters tackled a fire
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A MAJOR blaze at a Doncaster waste tip may have been started deliberately, it was believed last night.

Fire crews spent nine hours dealing with the incident but experts said there was no danger to the public.

Workers at the site off Askern Road, Carcroft, assisted firefighters to ensure the flames were contained in one area.

The fire was reported at the Veolia Environmental Services landfill site next to the B1220 at Croft Farm at 6.45am yesterday and around 20 firefighters from Askern, Adwick and Doncaster stations were sent to the scene.

They were dealing with burning household waste covering an area of approximately 60 metres square.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters have worked with site staff to create a fire break using a digger.

“Fire crews used three main jets of water on the fire. No-one has been injured.”

The blaze was deep-seated but crews managed to put it out by 3pm by pouring gallons of water taken from nearby streams onto the burning area to ensure the flames did not spread.

Croft Farm covers an area of about 80 acres and is licensed to accept up to 250,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste a year and 60,000 tonnes of ‘inert’ waste such as building rubble.

A spokesman for the company stressed there was no toxic pollution danger to the public because there is no hazardous waste taken to Carcroft.

Ground fires often take a long time to put out if the heat source is deep-seated. The waste in the affected area had been there two or three weeks.

The company believes yesterday’s fire was malicious because there were several ignition points, and the fire service have also logged it as “deliberate”.

A Veolia Environmental Services spokesman said: “The fire brigade were quickly on the scene and succeeded in bringing the fire under control and containing it within a single cell of the landfill.

“No-one was injured. The site only accepts non-hazardous materials.

“A full investigation is being carried out with the local fire brigade into the cause of the fire.”