Rotherham blaze causing traffic disruption

Firefighters tackle old chapel blaze in Masbrough.
Firefighters tackle old chapel blaze in Masbrough.
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MOTORISTS using a major route in South Yorkshire are being warned they face delays and diversions after police closed the road due to a massive blaze.

Fire crews spent last night and this morning tackling a large blaze at an old chapel in Rotherham, which has been used as a warehouse.

They responded at 8.45pm yesterday to reports the derelict former Carpet Warehouse building was well alight, on College Road, Masbrough.

As a result police have been forced to shut the A630 Centenary Way to traffic.

Around 25 firefighters attended with four fire engines, an aerial ladder platform and support vehicles.

They found around one-third of the 120m x 60m building fully involved in the fire, with the roof collapsing, making it unsafe for firefighters to enter the property.

However, they used a covering jet to prevent the fire from spreading any further through the building.

Firefighters used an aerial ladder platform to tackle the blaze from above throughout the night and it was still alight at 8am this morning.