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Fire at Kilnhurst recycling plant as battery catches fire

Fire at Kilnhurst Image copyright Danny Atkin
Image caption The fire was reported just after 09:30 GMT on Sunday

A blaze that broke out at a scrap metal recycling plant in South Yorkshire was due to a battery catching fire, the fire service has said.

The blaze at Universal Recycling in Wharfe Road, Kilnhurst, Mexborough, was reported at about 09:30 GMT.

It was the third time a fire has taken place at the site in two years, with one in May 2017 and another in June.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue investigation found the cause of Sunday's fire was accidental.

Residents were being asked to stay indoors and keep all windows and doors closed.

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Image caption Eyewitnesses reported hearing three explosions on Sunday morning.

South Yorkshire Police officers were called to the scene.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing three explosions on Sunday morning.

Local resident Danny Atkin said people living nearby were "fed up" with the number of fires at the site.

A fire broke out at Moulding Solutions Ltd, a plastics recycling centre on the same site, in June 2018.

This came after a blaze at Universal Recycling in May 2017.

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