This was the scene at Askern UK Ltd yesterday afternoon, as over 30 firefighters attempted to tackle the blaze that broke out at the firm’s woodyard.
The fire at Askern UK Ltd, based just off Askern High Street, broke out at around 3.30pm on Tuesday afternoon after an area of wooden pallets caught fire.
It involved wooden pallets in an area measuring around 100metres by 80 metres in size, taking up much of the woodyard to the rear of the property.
An eye witness said: “There’s so much black and thick smoke.
They continued: “You can see it from miles away.”
A total of six fire engines – from Askern, Adwick, Doncaster, Thorne, Dearne and Tankersley stations – and 30 firefighters were called to the scene.
The blaze was finally extinguished in the early hours of this morning, and one fire engine is still on the scene at Askern UK Ltd as crews attempt to damp down any remaining ‘hot spots’.
Speaking from the scene of the blaze, Station Manager, Steve Adams, said: “The fire we’ve attended is in a woodyard.
Mr Adams continued: “It’s quite a large area, about 80 square meters, and there have been six fire engines in attendance.
“We’ve been putting seven water jets on to the fire, which has helped us to get the fire under control.”
A high volume pump was deployed to get extra water on to the fire, which was drawn from nearby Askern lake.
A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said the fire was under control, but added they expect firefighters to be ‘tackling the blaze all night.’ A crew was still on site yesterday.
No-one is reported to have been injured in the blaze.
The cause of the blaze is not yet known.
Askern UK Limited is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of Cable Reels and Drums, some of which measure over 6,000 millimetres in diameter.