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Portsmouth scrapyard fire

A fire at European Metal Recycling’s yard in Portsmouth at the weekend has been extinguished.

EMR said the facility is open for business.

Around 50 firefighters tackled the fire, which broke out on Sunday and created a plume of smoke more than 100 feet high visible from across the city. They were assisted by site staff who helped prevent the fire from spreading.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) said that approximately 500 tonnes of scrap metal was alight when crews arrived and they were on site for eight hours, adding that “everyone was safe and well”.

The cause of the blaze is now being investigated, although HFRS said it was not being treated as suspicious.

The officer in charge of the incident, Alan Murray said: “Crews are doing a fantastic job in arduous conditions. Metal, when involved in a fire, gets intensely hot.”

A EMR spokesperson said: “A fire started at EMR Portsmouth, Dundas Spur on 5th October and was put out later the same day. 

“HFRS arrived on site quickly after the fire was identified and handled the situation with speed and professionalism.  The fire did not cause any injuries or damage any equipment and its cause is not yet known.”

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