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Fire almost causes problems at Veolia Sheffield centre

A huge fire yesterday came perilously close to Veolia’s Sheffield service centre.

The blaze at a plastics factory in the Attercliffe district of the Yorkshire city was attended by 10 fire engines and 50 firefighters.

The South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said early reports were that the fire spread from nearby waste to the Foley Street factory.

Incident commander Rick Rolt added: “We were really worried about the fire spreading to neighbouring buildings such as Veolia.

“Then there would have been lots of potentially hazardous problems and we’d have been looking at evacuations.

“But the crews put some fire breaks in to stop the fire spreading, and they managed to contain it to the premise involved.”

Veolia has a base for refuse crews on nearby Lumley Street, but said it did not have to cease any operations as a result of the fire.

Fire crews were expected to stay at the plastics factory last night, with road closures remaining in place.

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