Arsonists target tyre dump

A tyre fire near to Tickhill Road, Maltby next to the railway line
A tyre fire near to Tickhill Road, Maltby next to the railway line
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A MASSIVE cloud of smoke billowed over Maltby Colliery after a nearby tyre dump was targeted by arsonists.

Around 250 illegally-dumped tyres were involved in the blaze, which happened just off Tickhill Road, Maltby, yesterday afternoon.

The thick cloud of black smoke could be seen up to 20 miles away.

Four fire engines attended the scene after being called out at around 1.55pm.

The tyre dump covered a 15 square metre area, and firefighters spent just over two hours tackling the blaze.

Officers spread foam to dampen down the flames.

Smoke also spread over the Maltby Colliery railway line, leading National Rail to issue a caution to trains on the route.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed the fire was believed to have been started deliberately, and that police are now investigating the circumstances of the blaze.