By Denna Bowman
Firefighters are tackling a massive blaze at a recycling plant where thousands of tyres have gone up in flames.
The fire took hold in a pile of two thousand tyres and local residents are being warned that it could burn for days.
No-one has been injured or evacuated from their homes, but people living nearby have been advised to keep their windows closed.
Doncaster fire station manager Shaun Pilley said they were making use of resources from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, including a high volume pump which was being used to extract water from a nearby ponds.
He added that one option being considered was laying a foam blanket on the tyres and they were seeking advice from the Environment Agency.
“This is a very large incident and getting resources on site is going to be difficult and timely,” he said.
Smoke from the blaze can be seen for ten miles away and residents living in the area are being told to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution.
Firefighters were called to the waste recycling centre at Skelbrooke Quarry in Wakefield Road at 4.50am today.
Dick Hutton, fire service group manager, said: “This is a deep-seated fire and we are expecting to be here for days rather than hours.
“Because of the amount of smoke in the area we would advise local residents to keep their doors and windows closed as a safety precaution.”
Firefighters are tackling the fire with five water jets and a high volume pump which can pump out around 8,000 litres of water per minute.
Officers at the scene are in constant liaison with officials from Doncaster Council, the site operators and the Environment Agency.