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Fire Out After Ten-Day Battle

Monday June 16 2014




FIREFIGHTERS have finally extinguished a blaze at a wood recycling site after almost two weeks.

The fire, at R Plevins and Sons wood recycling site in Crow Edge, started on June 2.

High levels of ammonia polluted the River Don, and a tributary known as Sledbrook Dyke, after water put on a wood chippings fire entered the waterway.

Water quality samples have been taken from the river and the dyke, where at least 20 dead brown trout have been found.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "Should any offences be found, we will consider the most appropriate course of action in line with our published procedures.

"We have issued an enforcement notice to Plevin which prevents the firm from receiving any further waste materials onto the site. The notice also requires the firm to prevent fire water run-off from entering watercourses."

The blaze is the second major fire at the Plevin site, off the A616, following a similar incident at the end of April.

A Plevin spokesman said: "Health and safety is of paramount importance to us and we be will readdressing our operating procedures to minimise the risk of this happening again.

"We sincerely apologise to residents that have been affected during this time and will be in touch with those."

With large amounts of wood still on the site, and the potential of ‘hot spots’ in other wood stacks, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will continue to monitor conditions at the site.

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