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Blaze hits plastics recycling firm

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South Yorkshire plastics recycler Moulding Solutions was unable to access its site this morning after a huge fire.

The company’s facility on Wharf Road, Kilnhurst, remained closed at 11am on Monday 18 June as the fire service continued to damp down after the blaze.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said it was called to the incident at 4:30pm on Sunday 17 June.

Some 12 fire engines and 60 firefighters were required to tackle the blaze, along with specialist equipment including a high-volume pump. Residents were yesterday advised to stay indoors and close windows.

The Environment Agency was on-site this morning assessing potential pollution risk.

A spokesman for Moulding Solutions – which recycles more than 100,000 wheeled bins every year among other services – said no-one was at the site when the fire struck. The company was alerted by a driver passing the site, he added.

The company hopes to be able to get back on-site this afternoon to assess the damage caused.

Next-door scrap metal firm Universal Recycling said it was unaffected by the blaze and was open for business as usual.

Meanwhile, fellow scrap metal specialist Whites of Coventry was undertaking a clean-up operation today after a major fire last week. It remained mainly closed to the public with a minimal amount of business taking place.

More than 70 firefighters from across the West Midlands attended the incident, after cars caught alight on the morning of Friday 15 June. Coventry Airport was closed for a short while due to the plume of smoke.

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