Residents call public meeting to discuss blaze at recycling site in Rotherham

500 tonnes of plastic went up in flames in Kilnhurst
500 tonnes of plastic went up in flames in Kilnhurst

Residents have called a public meeting to discuss a blaze at a recycling site in Rotherham.

The fire broke out at Universal Recycling, Wharf Road, Kilnhurst, on Monday morning and burned until the following night - generating plumes of thick, black smoke which were visible for miles.

Around 500 tonnes of baled plastic and aerosol cans went up in flames, with a machinery fault believed to have caused the blaze.

Firefighters from across South Yorkshire were involved in the battle to douse the flames.

Residents were urged to find alternative accommodation because of the amount of smoke the fire generated.

They have since been allowed back home.

Firefighters are expected to make regular trips to the recycling site throughout today to check that the flames and fully extinguished.

Monday's meeting at Kilnhurst Resource Centre will start at 7pm.

A number of agencies have been invited to attend.