Factory fire captured on camera by hundreds of our Star readers

Local residents gather to watch the plume of toxic smoke from a plastics firm based in Attercliffe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The fire was burning most of Sunday 14/07/13 and started sometime in the early morning. The smoke from the burning plastics could be seen for more than 20 miles away.'Picture: Andrew Bellis.'w399x330
Local residents gather to watch the plume of toxic smoke from a plastics firm based in Attercliffe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The fire was burning most of Sunday 14/07/13 and started sometime in the early morning. The smoke from the burning plastics could be seen for more than 20 miles away.'Picture: Andrew Bellis.'w399x330
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It was a massive fire and could be seen right across the region on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Sheffield.

And what a response it prompted from our readers.

The blaze started in a refuse dump on Foley Street, off Effingham Street in Attercliffe.

It spread to a nearby recycling plant run by Sheffield Reclaim Ltd - with 20 tonnes of plastic fuelling the thick smoke.

A huge plume of thick black smoke spiralled up into the sky eastwards and could be seen as far away as Leeds.

And it turned a fairly quite day in The Star newsroom into a very busy one.

Within minutes, our newsdesk was being emailed photos of the thick black smoke rising above Sheffield.

And within just a few hours, we had received a staggering 400 images.

There were some amazing close-up shots and ones taken from many miles away the site of the actual blaze.

We had lots from our regular contributors but also scores from people who had never submitted a photo to any newspaper before.

We printed many of the images in The Star the following day and more on Tuesday.

And we used every single one of the photos sent in by our readers in a slideshow which you can still see by visiting www.thestar.co.uk.

As you all know by now, we always love receiving photos, stories, suggestions and comments from you.

We use as many of them as we can - so why don’t you join our ever-growing team?

As the Attercliffe fire proves, there are events and occasions which everyone knows will be covered by The Star.

But we would also love to hear and see about all of those other times and things which you capture on camera.

Send us your photos as we’ll do our very best to include them in the paper or online.

Don’t forget you can even email us your birthday, anniversary, wedding and new arrival photos for our Monday Celebrations Pages.