‘Toxic cocktail’ warning over barn blaze smoke

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A LARGE fire at a Rotherham farm on Saturday produced a toxic cocktail of smoke containing asbestos, diesel and fertiliser nitrates.

Fire broke out in a barn on Brecks Lane, East Herringthorpe at around 4.15pm which contained farm machinery and a quantity of flammable fertilisers.

Residents were advised to keep doors and windows shut as fire crews from six appliances and a command support unit took around five hours to bring the blaze under control.

One crew from Rotherham continued to damp down at the scene on Sunday morning.

A fire service spokesman said: “The smoke coming from the fire was potentially dangerous and so we took standard precautions to keep people away and to advise people in the area to stay indoors until the situation was stable.”