Road closed by South Yorkshire blaze

Well alight: Firefighters battle the blaze at the derelict former chapel and warehouse in Rotherham.'                         PICTURES: TIM ANSELL.
Well alight: Firefighters battle the blaze at the derelict former chapel and warehouse in Rotherham.' PICTURES: TIM ANSELL.
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MOTORISTS using a major route in South Yorkshire faced long delays and diversions after police closed a road due to a massive blaze.

Fire crews spent Tuesday night and yesterday morning tackling a large blaze at an old chapel which was later used as a warehouse in Rotherham.

They were called to the derelict former Carpet Warehouse building, which was well alight, on College Road, Masbrough, at 8.45pm.

Police had to shut the A630 Centenary Way to traffic.

About 25 firefighters, four engines, an aerial ladder platform and support vehicles attended the blaze.

The roof had collapsed so firefighters used an aerial ladder platform to tackle the flames from above during the night and a covering jet to prevent the fire spreading.

The building was still alight at 8am yesterday and fire crews spent the day damping down.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.