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Crow Edge recycling fire: Crews tackling blaze for third day

Fire at recycling plant
The fire, at R Plevin and Sons wood recycling plant in Crow Edge, was discovered on Monday morning

Firefighters are spending a third day tackling a major blaze at a wood recycling plant in South Yorkshire.

Four crews have been at the R Plevin and Sons' site in Crow Edge, near Penistone, since the wood chippings fire was discovered at about 08:10 BST on Monday.

Smoke can seen seen six miles (9.7km) away in Barnsley and smelled from Sheffield, 17 miles (27km) away.

People living near the fire have been asked to keep windows and doors closed.

The blaze could take another two days to put out, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

'Big job'

Station Manager Andy Hoyland said a water pump from a neighbouring brigade was being used to carry water from a nearby reservoir, to help extinguish the fire.

The blaze was "a big job", said Mr Hoyland.

Wood chipping fire
The blaze, which can be seen and smelled from miles away, involves a large pile of wood chippings

"It's roughly the size of half a football pitch and about 20m [65ft] high. It will take some time to put out," he said.

In a statement, a Plevin and Sons spokesman said the firm expected the situation to be "fully resolved as soon as possible".

The company was working with the Environment Agency and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service "to minimise the risk of this happening again", he added.

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