Fire crews remain at scene as Doncaster recycling plant blaze enters third day

Fire crews have spent a second night tackling a huge blaze at a Doncaster recycling plant as the operation moves into its third day.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 8:36 am

The massive inferno, which broke out at the Morris Metals plant in Balby Carr Bank on Monday night, raged throughout yesterday, with firefighters managing to contain the spread of the blaze to the warehouse where it originally started.

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However, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue crews said late yesterday that they expect to be at the recycling plant ‘for some days to come’ following the devastating fire which has destroyed millions of pounds worth of specialist machinery as well as piles of recycled metal.

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Fire crews are still tackling the blaze at Morris Metals. (Photo: SYFR).

Bosses at the firm have paid tribute to the more than 60 firefighters who tackled the blaze at its height and have said they will continue to help as an investigation into the fire takes place.

Flames broke out shortly after 9pm on Monday and throughout yesterday, local residents, nearby workers and drivers were urged to keep windows closed as a huge pall of smoke drifted over the area and could be seen from up to 50 miles away.

Fire chiefs are still trying to establish a cause of the blaze.

The fire has caused extensive damage to the recycling plant. (Photo: SYFR).

A spokesman for Morris said: “We can confirm that a fire has taken place at Morris & Co (Handlers) Ltd at our facility at J3 Business Park.

"We are happy to report that there were no injuries and the site was evacuated safely.

"The fire has been contained as per the Fire Containment Plan and therefore damage has been restricted to one material storage building, with only smoke damage to any neighbouring units.

“We would like to take the opportunity to extend our thanks to the South Yorkshire Fire Department, whom Morris & Co (Handlers) Ltd will continue to assist as required.”

Crews will remain at the site in Balby Carr Bank for 'some days to come'

Yesterday, a number of other businesses on the park were unable to operate after power was switched off during the firefighting operation.

However, it is hoped some firms will be able to return to normal operations in the next few days.

Balby Carr Bank, at the junction with Woodfield Way, was closed throughout yesterday as the operation continued.

Fire broke out on Monday night at the recycling plant. (Photo: SYFR).
Smoke continues to pour from the building in Balby Carr Bank. (Photo: SYFR).