South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue - Working For a Safer South Yorkshire

Firefighters battling Barnsley cylinder blaze

21 December 2011

Residents in the Carlton area of Barnsley are being asked to keep their doors and windows closed due to a large plume of smoke coming from the site of a fire on Boulder Bridge Lane.


The smoke isn’t believed to present any significant health concerns, but residents living nearby have been asked to follow the advice as a precaution.


Around 20 firefighters remain at the scene of the incident. The large 40 metre by 15 metre industrial premise, believed to be a recycling site, was well alight when fire crews were called to the incident at around midnight.


The blaze is now under control, but several acetylene and oxygen cylinders could be involved in the fire and a 200m safety cordon has been put in place. Firefighters will remain at the scene until the cylinders are no longer dangerous, which could be up to 24 hours as is standard for this type of incident.


Police have closed parts of Shaw Lane, close to the site of the industrial unit.


Currently it is too early to establish how the fire started, but a fire investigation will follow once the scene has been made safe.