AROUND 800 tonnes of scrap metal was set on fire at a metal recycling centre in Portsmouth.
Twenty five firefighters - two crews from Cosham, two from Southsea, one retained crew from Portchester and the special rescue unit from Cosham Fire Station - tackled the blaze at European Metal Recycling in Dundas Spur, Hilsea for 50 minutes.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.08am.
The fire was inside a fenced area on the Hilsea site.
Watch manager Jamie Wren of Cosham fire station said: ‘We were called to 800 tonnes of metal which was on fire.
‘Staff used machines to move the metal into smaller heaps. There were about 15 to 20 heaps.
‘Because of the density we would have struggled to contain the fire, so we made about 15 to 20 heaps to make it more manageable.
‘The metal is being put through a shredder as a safety precaution so that it does not reignite.’
Hampshire Constabulary were called to ensure the scene was guarded and no one was injured.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.