Fire probe at fatal blast recycling centre in Rotherham

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An investigation is to begin into the cause of a large blaze at a closed recycling plant in Rotherham.

Crews spent most of Saturday afternoon and Sunday dealing with the incident at the former Sterecycle Rotherham Ltd building on Sheffield Road, Templeborough, close to the Magna centre.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters were at the scene at its height.

Pictures taken by former Sheffield councillor Shaffaq Mohammed show grey smoke over the area and he said the road was closed between Sheffield and Rotherham.

Another passer-by said the police helicopter was circling above and there was a strong smell of smoke.

There have been fires at the former waste disposal plant, which closed after the company went into administration, before.

An explosion at Sterecycle killed site operator Michael Whinfrey, 42, and seriously injured colleague Peter Lindon Davies, 51, in 2011.

The company was convicted of corporate manslaughter following a recent trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

No one was injured in Saturday’s blaze.

A Christmas party planned for Saturday evening at Magna was cancelled.

A tweet from the science centre’s account said: “Christmas party CANCELLED tonight due to fire close by. Magna apologises for inconvenience. We will contact event organisers.”