Huge fire at Sheffield recycling plant

A huge fire has broken out at a recycling plant in the Darnall area of Sheffield.

Around 40 firefighters have been tackling the blaze at Fletchers Plant Ltd, on Clement Street.

Residents in the area are being urged to keep their windows and doors closed.

Fire crews were called to the scene at around 8.20pm last night.

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South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the fire involves a building around 50mx30m, machinery and a number of tonnes worth of rubbish.

The fire at a recycling plant in Darnall, Sheffield. Picture: Gabriela Anastasia Kozickyte

The fire at a recycling plant in Darnall, Sheffield. Picture: Gabriela Anastasia Kozickyte

Firefighters, from a range of stations including Elm Lane, Parkway, Central, Rotherham, Birley Moor and Tankersley, tackled the blaze throughout the night – with the help of a aerial ladder platforms from Parkway and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chesterfield Fire station.

The incident was scaled down at around 1.30am this morning to four appliances, one aerial ladder platform and a high volume pump.

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“Whilst there was fortunately no immediate life risk this was a large scale incident and crews have done a great job throughout the night to tackle the fire,” said group manager Steve Fletcher.

“The fire and burning that remains is within piles of waste and the next step will involve heavy plant machinery moving and breaking up the waste – so that we can get access to the fire to extinguish it.

The fire at a recycling plant in Darnall, Sheffield. Picture: Gabriela Anastasia Kozickyte

The fire at a recycling plant in Darnall, Sheffield. Picture: Gabriela Anastasia Kozickyte

“We’re hoping to make good progress this morning so we can bring this incident to a close, and reduce the impact on local residents, as soon as possible.”

A number of partner agencies have also been involved in the efforts overnight – including the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and South Yorkshire Police.

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South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has released an image of what firefighters were faced with when they arrived on the scene.

Fire at a recycling plant, in Clement Street, Darnall, Sheffield. Picture: Roxanne Reynolds-McCourt

Fire at a recycling plant, in Clement Street, Darnall, Sheffield. Picture: Roxanne Reynolds-McCourt

Residents living in the area also shared photographs of the fire.

A video from a resident living on Clay Pit Way shows smoke billowing from the blaze.

 

The fire at a recycling plant in Darnall, Sheffield. Picture: Gabriela Anastasia Kozickyte

The fire at a recycling plant in Darnall, Sheffield. Picture: Gabriela Anastasia Kozickyte