WATCH: More than 50 firefighters tackle blaze at Nottinghamshire recycling plant

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:

A large fire has broke out at Nottinghamshire recycling plant MBA Polymers.

More than 50 firefighters from across three counties came to tackle the blaze, where around 500 tonnes of shredded rubber was on fire.

MBA Polymers general manager Paul Mayhew said: "The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and we can confirm that there were no casualties. The fire was also in one of our external feedstock areas and has therefore had no impact on our production facility, which we expect to be back to normal shortly.

"We would like to apologise to the local community and businesses for any inconvenience and would like to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to prevent further disruption."

Residents nearby the factory on Sandy Lane, Worksop, were told to keep doors and windows closed and avoid the area if possible.

Station Manager Martin Bills, who attended the incident as Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection Officer, said: "The fire involves a large amount of rubber, hence the thick black smoke that people can see for several miles around.

"We are working closely with our colleagues from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire fire and rescue services, Nottinghamshire Police, the Environment Agency and Public Health England, not only to fight the fire, but to keep people informed and safe."

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