Huge recycling centre blaze is out


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THE smoke plume which soared above Portsmouth following the fire at a metal recycling depot this morning has now settled.

All road restrictions have now been lifted and crews are no longer on scene.

It brings to an end a day which saw a thick plume of smoke rise above Portsmouth as 500 tonnes of crushed cars and scrap metal burned.

The incident was brought to the attention of authorities around 8.40am.

More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze, which broke out at European Metal Recycling Ltd, in Dundas Spur, Portsmouth.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but it is not being treated as suspicious.

Crews from Southsea, Cosham and Southampton tackled the blaze, which, sent a large column of black smoke over Portsmouth.

Firefighters said 500 tonnes of scrap metal had caught fire.

Around 40 firefighters fought the blaze, using five jets and two compressed air foam jets.

Blocks were been put in place by fire crews and scrap metal workers to stop the blaze spreading.

Jon Joe, 23, said he and his girlfriend Chelsea Peters and daughter Destiny could see smoke billowing into the sky from their home in Cowplain.

Mr Joe said: ‘We didn’t know what it was at first and thought it was closer to home.

‘It’s quite impressive. I could see a guy on a crane trying to move material about to try and help.’

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