Video: Aftermath of Portsmouth depot fire

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THE clear-up operation is under way after a huge blaze at a scrap metal depot in Portsmouth.

Fire ripped through the European Metal Recycling Ltd depot, in Dundas Spur, on Sunday.

The fire at the European Metal Recycling Ltd depot, in Dundas Spur. Picture: John Gasser

The fire at the European Metal Recycling Ltd depot, in Dundas Spur. Picture: John Gasser

Around 50 firefighters pumped up to 15,000 litres a minute of water on the burning 500-tonne pile of crushed cars and metal.

The blaze created a plume of smoke hundreds of feet high, with its core reaching a temperature of more than 1,000C (1,832F).

Residents posted pictures and videos online of the fire, which could be seen for miles around.

See slideshows of readers’ pictures here and here.

Picture by John Gasser