A RECYLING firm issued a warning about hidden dangers in recycling after a large fire at its premises saw eight fire engines scrambled to the scene.
Fire crews were called to JMB Recycling on Tuesday morning after the blaze broke out, sending a large plume of smoke into the sky.
The firm said in an online statement that a small fire had spread through mixed metals on the site on Whitelee Road.
“Thankfully our staff reacted immediately by calling South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue who were on-site within a few minutes,” it added.
“We are carrying out a full investigation to understand what caused the fire.
“Historically, fires have been caused by people hiding substances and pressurised containers within mixed metal recycling, often found inside washing machines.
“It is vital that no canisters or flammable substances are hidden within loads.”
JBM apologised to surrounding businesses and residents for any inconvenience after police urged them to keep windows closed due to “toxic” smoke.
“Thankfully nobody was hurt,” they added.
“We would like to Thank our staff that reacted quickly and calmly, but also take the time to show gratitude to South Yorkshire Fire Rescue for a fast response and containing the fire quickly.”