Latest from huge scrap metal blaze in Sheffield, with firefighters expected to remain at scene until TUESDAY

Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene of a huge scrap metal blaze in Sheffield until Tuesday.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 5:46 pm

The fire broke out at a scrap yard on Carlisle Street in Burngreave at around 1pm yesterday and crews were battling the huge flames throughout the night as smoke spewed across the city.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue said this afternoon that firefighters are still working hard and are expected to remain at the scene until Tuesday next week – five days after they were first called.

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The huge scrap metal fire on Carlisle Street in Burngreave, Sheffield (pic: Ash Burkin/Photon Photography)

It said a digger was being brought in to create a fire break at the site.

At the height of the blaze, there were six fire engines and around 30 firefighters attempting to douse the flames.

The fire service said this morning that four crews remained at the scene, where a high volume water pump was being used and surrounding roads were closed, with residents still being advised to keep their doors and windows closed due to the smoke.

In an update issued today at around 4pm, it said: “Firefighters have been working really hard over the last 24 hours to tackle the blaze at Carlisle Street.

“A fire break is being planned in the scrap pile, with diggers being brought in to create it.

“Fire crews are expected to remain at the site until Tuesday.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Kirby thanked the police, council workers, officers from the Environment Agency and Public Health Executive employees for their support in what he said had been ‘a real team effort so far’.