Emergency services at scene of major blaze in Rotherham

Emergency services are dealing with a fire at a recycling centre in Rotherham
Emergency services are dealing with a fire at a recycling centre in Rotherham
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Emergency services are all at the scene of a major blaze involving 500 tonnes of plastic in Rotherham this afternoon.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, South Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service are at the scene of the blaze at Universal Recycling, Wharf Road, Kilnhurst, along with representatives from the Environment Agency and Rotherham Council.

A blaze involving 500 tonnes of plastic was discovered at around 10am and fire engines from across the county were dispatched as the flames spread.

There are seven engines and crews tackling the blaze along with a high volume pump to drench the flames.

Residents have been advised to close their doors and windows because of the plumes of thick black smoke - visible for miles - billowing from the recycling centre.

Police officers have carried out welfare checks on residents in Kilnhurst and other people have been urged to avoid visiting the area until the fire is out.

Some residents worried about pets in homes close to the fire have been allowed back to retrieve them to take them to places of safety.

They said a number of explosions were heard at the recycling centre as the fire raged earlier this morning.

A Rotherham Council spokesman said: "Fire crews are dealing with a large blaze at a recycling plant on Wharf Road in Kilnhurst.

"People are being asked to avoid the area and those within the vicinity are being advised to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed as a precaution."