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VIDEO: Huge blaze at Sheffield waste plant

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Around 40 firefighters have been tackling a major blaze at a waste management plant in Sheffield this morning.

Crews were called to Frogson Waste Management on Douglas Road at about 4.30am.

The fire had been brought under control by around 8am, but crews are still on site damping down the blaze and roads in the area remain closed.

The fire involved 40 containers of mixed materials, including 6,000 litres of kerosene.

Andy Hayter, group manager for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said some of the kerosene had run into local drains.

He said the fire service was now working with the police and the Environment Agency to control the issue.

Mr Hayter said the extent of the impact was ‘unclear’ at the moment, but specialist equipment is being used to protect drains and local rivers from contamination.

Investigations will now start into what caused the fire.

No one was believed to have been at the site when the fire started and no one was hurt in the incident.

Mr Hayter praised the work of the first fire crews to get to the scene.

“It didn’t take long to get under control, thanks to some excellent work by crews. The incident commander’s biggest challenge has been protecting the environment,” he said.

Work to damp down the fire is expected to continue throughout the day.

 

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