Six fire engines called to fire at closed Rotherham recycling plant

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Six fire engines attended a large blaze at a derelict recycling plant in Rotherham today.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at around 1.30pm and were still there at almost 4pm.

A fire service spokesman said the building belongs to a recycling firm, thought to be Sterecycle (Rotherham) Ltd, on Sheffield Road, close to the Magna centre.

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 today’s blaze, but work to contain the blaze is continuing.

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