The blazing inferno at a tyres recycling plant in Warsop is still burning – three weeks after the fire broke out.
Up to 400,000 tyres went up in flames in the inferno which broke out at Robin Hood Environmental Ltd on 29th May.
And today it is still smouldering which is hindering fire investigators attempts to find out what cause the blaze.
Fire chiefs insist they have no choice but to let the blaze burn itself out after confining and containing the flames.
Fire investigation officer Glenn Mears told Warsop Parish Council: “The tactic was always to allow the fire to burn out. You’ll never put out a pile of tyres by putting water onto the top of it.”
Fire officers are now in talks with various local groups to find a way to move the remaining tyres so they can be extinguished one by one, while work will soon begin on a clean-up of the site.
Parish Council chairman Stuart Moody thanked the emergency services and praised them for their efforts on the night of the fire.
He said: “We did receive a first class service from the fire service and the way they handled the site alongside the local police. On behalf of the parish council I would like to thank you for all of your work.”