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Kilnhurst recycling fire: Review to be carried out

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Image caption The fire is out but crews will return to monitor the scene.

The Environment Agency will review fire safety at a recycling centre hit by a major blaze.

The fire at Universal Recycling in Kilnhurst, South Yorkhsire, burned for two days from Monday.

South Yorkshire Fire Service said the blaze was accidental and caused by machinery.

Environment Agency officials have previously had to intervene at the site following complaints from neighbours about dust and noise.

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Image caption The surface fire was subdued on Monday night, but scrap metal and plastic beneath caused more smoke into Tuesday

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During the fire, up to 500 tonnes of burning plastic, metals and other materials sent a plume of thick black smoke hundreds of metres in the air, visible for miles.

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Image caption More than 30 firefighters attended the blaze at its height, and about 20 were still on site on Tuesday

After the fire service announced the fire was accidental, Mark Readman tweeted: "The stockpiling of such quantities of combustable noxious fume emitting material in a residential area was not accidental."

The Environment Agency said that following its previous intervention, the company had "taken steps to make improvements including updating equipment and improving their operating procedures".

It said it would now consider whether further action needed to be taken and would "review the site's fire prevention plan".

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