Investigations are underway to establish the cause of a fire which broke out yesterday morning at a Hexthorpe industrial unit.
Over 40 firefighters spent 10 hours tackling the inferno, which started at a unit in Albion Terrace at 8am.
The blaze is thought to have started at a bio-disel firm named locally as Ample Fuel, but quickly spread to neighbouring business The Stuffing Plant, which specialises in stuffing large volumes of toys, teddies and bean bags.
The buildings have been described by an official at the site as ‘write-offs’.
Blue bags filled with ‘minions’ soft toys are piled high at the site.
Workers said the factory contained ‘millions of minion teddies’ – characters made popular by the Despicable Me and Minions movies – amongst the stock.
Trains between Doncaster and Sheffield were stopped for around eight hours because the fire was so close to the railway lines.
Ian Wilson, owner of Wilson Demolition Limited, said: “I am down here to look at the building and give them a quote to be able to fence it off, start the clear up and make it safe. We’re waiting for the fire brigade to say it’s safe.”
Steve Smith, aged 60, who lives on Hexthorpe Road said: “It was a potential bomb with all that bio-disiel. It’s so close to housing it’s lucky it wasn’t a lot worse. It’s so lucky nobody was injured or hurt. The wind must have been blowing away from the houses yesterday, but if it had been blowing the way it is today that could have been very dangerous.”