FIREFIGHTERS who tackled a huge blaze at a scrap metal depot in Portsmouth have been praised for their ‘outstanding efforts.’
Fire struck the European Metal Recycling (EMR) Ltd depot, in Dundas Spur, on Sunday, and the firm has thanked the fire service for the way the incident was dealt with.
EMR were yet to comment earlier today as the clean-up operation was under way, but have since released a statement.
A spokesman for EMR said: ‘Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service arrived on site quickly after the fire was identified and handled the situation with speed and professionalism.
‘The fire did not cause any injuries or damage any equipment and its cause is not yet known.
‘EMR management would like to thank both the fire service and the on site EMR team for their outstanding efforts during the incident.’
The spokesman added that EMR Portsmouth is open for business as normal.
Around 50 firefighters were called in to deal with the fire and pumped up to 15,000 litres a minute of water on the burning 500-tonne pile of crushed cars and metal.
Smoke from the blaze was hundreds of feet high and could be seen for miles around.
Residents posted pictures and videos online of the fire.