Major delays after scrapyard fire

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A HUGE scrapyard fire caused major traffic delays on a major route in South Yorkshire yesterday and occupied several fire crews for around 12 hours.

Firefighters were first called to the incident at the yard on the A630 between Warmsworth and Conisbrough in Doncaster at around 4am yesterday.

A fire brigade spokesman said around 70 scrap cars were on fire and said around 25 firefighters with five fire engines had been sent to the scene.

In order to successfully tackle the flames, crews were having to remove one car at a time from the blazing scrap pile and ensure it was fully extinguished before moving onto the next vehicle.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “Firefighters were called to the incident at 4am on Thursday morning. Around 25 firefighters with five fire engines from Edlington, Maltby, Dearne and Rotherham stations are at the scene.

“There are no reports of any casualties. Local residents were asked to keep doors and windows closed.

“A full fire investigation will be carried out by specialist officers once the fire has been fully extinguished.”