Fire crews tackle Rotherham recycling blaze throughout the night

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Firefighters today remain at the scene of a blaze at a former recycling plant where a worker was killed in an explosion.

Four crews are left tackling the fire, which involved 2,000 tonnes of plastic, at Sterecycle (Rotherham) Ltd on Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham.

Six fire engines were first called at 1.30pm yesterday.

Nearby residents were warned to keep their windows closed and a Christmas party at the nearby Magna science centre was cancelled.

Pictures sent in by former Sheffield councillor Shaffaq Mohammed show grey smoke over the area and he said the road was closed between Sheffield and Rotherham.

There have been fires at the former waste disposal plant, which closed after the company went into administration, before.

An explosion at Sterecycle killed site operator Michael Whinfrey (42) and seriously injured coleague Peter Lindon Davies (51) in 2011.

No one is thought to have been hurt in the most recent blaze.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin once the fire is out