Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield fire destroys industrial unit

Fire in Sheffield Image copyright South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service
Image caption The fire has been burning since Wednesday night

A huge fire involving 2,000 tonnes of waste plastics has destroyed a disused industrial unit in Sheffield.

More than 40 firefighters tackled the blaze on Station Road, Ecclesfield, which started just before 22:00 BST on Wednesday, the fire service said.

The fire also badly damaged a neighbouring car paint spraying unit and sent thick black smoke over parts of the city.

Firefighters have advised locals to stay indoors with windows closed.

South Yorkshire Fire Service said there were "no known toxic materials involved in the fire".

A spokesman said it was working with the Environment Agency and Public Health England "to decide on a tactical plan to minimise pollution in the local area".

About 25 firefighters were still at the scene on Thursday morning and the building, which was "full of plastic materials", was still on fire, a spokesman said.

Crews were having to minimise the amount of water used to protect the local environment, on advice from the Environment Agency.

Station Road remained closed for safety reasons, but limited access was being allowed to some local businesses.

The fire service said: "We apologise for any disruption caused by essential safety measures in place to deal with this fire, and will reduce our safety cordon when possible.

"Firefighting actions are still expected to last into Friday morning and, therefore, our safety cordon and road closure must remain in place."

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