Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Large fire at Portsmouth EMR scrap metal yard

The smoke plume pictured from the Bournemouth National Police Air Service helicopter Image copyright NPAS Bournemouth
Image caption Residents in the area have been advised to close their doors and windows

About 50 firefighters spent 12 hours tackling a major fire at a scrap metal yard in Portsmouth.

The blaze, at European Metal Recycling (EMR) on the Quartremaine Industrial Estate in Copner, started at about 08:30 BST on Sunday.

It began in a 500 tonne pile of scrap metal, according to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A 100ft (30m) smoke plume could be seen from miles around including at Selsey in West Sussex.

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Image caption Smoke from the fire can be seen from miles around

No injuries were reported and the fire service said it was not being treated as suspicious.

Residents in the area were advised to close their doors and windows.

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Image caption The fire began in a pile of 500 tonnes of scrap metal

A spokeswoman for the fire service said an area measuring about 100 sq m had been "well alight" and added the smoke plume was so high it had "hit the cloud" above.

She described it as a "long-running incident" and said crews and staff from the site created a "fire-break" in an attempt to stop flames spreading.

The fire was put out by 20:00 BST.

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Image caption Hampshire Fire and Rescue service said the 100ft smoke plume had "hit the cloud"

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