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Tata Steel Rotherham plant fire 'scene of carnage'

Fire at Tata Steel in Rotherham Image copyright South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Image caption The fire began at about 01:00 BST

A fire involving thousands of litres of oil has been tackled by more than 50 firefighters at the Tata Steel plant in Rotherham.

Mick Mason, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, described the blaze as "a scene of carnage".

People living in the area were advised to keep their doors and windows closed because of smoke in the area.

There are no reports of anyone being injured in the fire which broke out about 01:00 BST and has been contained.

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At the height of the blaze 11 engines were at the scene. Firefighters managed to contain the fire to one building.

Roof collapsed

Mr Mason said: "The building where the fire was involved is still upright and erect, but inside it's a scene of devastation."

"All the steel works collapsed and the roof structure has been compromised and collapsed inside."

Mr Mason added the cause of the fire was under investigation but he "did not believe there are any suspicious circumstances."

Mike Hood, from Tata Steel, said the fire had broken out as part of the steel making process.

"The men are well trained in reacting to these situations and the response was very good and people were safe," he added.

"The fire is now contained and the emergency services are leaving the site and we are assessing the damage and the clean-up operations that need to occur."

Image copyright South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Image caption The blaze was contained to one building at the site
Image copyright South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Image caption People living close to the plant were advised to keep doors and windows closed during the night

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