'Amazing' fire crews praised after huge blaze rips through 900 cars in Doncaster

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Bosses at a Doncaster car lot have praised fire chiefs and staff after a huge blaze damaged more than 900 vehicles.

A clear up operation is under way at Synetiq – better known locally as Motorhog – after flames ripped through hundreds of cars on Friday night.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue crews spent hours bringing the blaze under control and spent much of the night damping down at the scene in Bentley Moor Lane, Carcroft.

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A spokesman for the firm has paid tribute to crews and staff who tackled the blaze, the cause of which is still being investigated.

The aftermath of the car fire at Motorhog in Doncaster.The aftermath of the car fire at Motorhog in Doncaster.
The aftermath of the car fire at Motorhog in Doncaster.

It said: “The fire destroyed a number of Synetiq owned vehicles, but we are grateful that no one was hurt and our buildings were untouched.

“The Fire Service Incident Controller has praised the efforts of internal emergency response team, our emergency preparedness procedures and the efforts of our teams who worked in conjunction with his crew on the night. The cause of the fire will be confirmed once the investigation is complete.

“The fire was brought under control within a four-hour window, and there has been no adverse environmental impact on the wastewater run off thanks to our interceptor that traps any oil and prevents it from entering waterways. It goes without saying that all these vehicles had been fully depolluted.”

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Tom Rumboll, SYNETIQs Executive Chairman said “We were humbled by the efforts of our employees on the night and the concern shared by their friends and families. The Fire Service were amazing and helped us contain the incident as soon as possible.”