MORE than 20 firefighters tackled a huge blaze at waste recycling plant in Barnsley after flames engulfed the building.
Crews were alerted to the fire at 11.50pm on Tuesday and found the unit in Boulder Bridge Lane, Carlton, well alight.
They had to put a 200m safety cordon around the plant after discovering there were a number of gas cylinders inside, which could have been at risk of exploding in the heat.
The cordon caused chaos for neighbouring businesses on the industrial estate, with staff unable to get to work as fire crews worked through the night and into yesterday dealing with the blaze.
Station manager Simon Dillon, who oversaw the firefighting operation, said: “When we arrived we found a building measuring 45m by 20m well alight. The fire was at both ends of the building, which is used to recycle household waste, and it was well developed. Initially we were unaware of what was in the building, but then a night watchman and the owner told us there were some cylinders and although they were not certain of what was in them, they thought they could have been acetylene, so we took the decision to put up the exclusion zone around the building.
An investigation into the fire has been launched.