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Wood chipping fire still blazing six days on

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A fire which has been blazing for six days in South Yorkshire is still being battled by 40 firefighters at a time.

More than 3,000 litres of water per minute is being used to try to put out the wood chipping fire R Plevins and Sons in Crow Edge, between Barnsley and Sheffield, which has been raging since Monday.

Four fire engines are at the site today, including three high-volume pumps.

Diggers were also used to pull out some of the wood pile and try to identify the ‘hotspots’.

Fire crews built a lagoon at the site for water to run off into so it could be recycled, but also to stop polluted water running into the River Don after concerns were raised for the impact on wildlife, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Steve Chu confirmed.

He added: “It’s one of those jobs. We don’t have many incidents like this but when we do have a big pile of wood it can take a long time to make sure the fire is out.”

 

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