Update – Thursday 6 February
Two fire engines remain at the scene of the building fire in Kiveton Park this morning. Fire crews are expected to remain at the site for the rest of today and maybe tomorrow.
The fire is under control however, there is still a lot of smoke in the area. Public Health England has issued the following statement:
Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them. Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed. Residents in areas affected by smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and follow South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue updates for further advice and information.
Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. Chemicals in the smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma. People with asthma should carry their inhaler. So far, there have been no reports of any people experiencing ill effects from this fire. However, if symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.
The Fire and Rescue Service is on-site dealing with the fire and the other agencies involved will continue to monitor the situation, review the approach and issue updated advice to the public, businesses and organisations affected as necessary.
Seven fire crews are currently at a large fire in a disused building on Manor Road in Kiveton Park, Rotherham. Crews were first called at 11:05pm on Monday night.
The building contains recycling material which is all involved in the fire. The roof of the building may contain asbestos, however the Environment Agency has assessed this and can confirm that there is no risk to the public.
Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene for the next day or two.
There is a lot of smoke in the Kiveton Park area so local people are advised to keep their doors and windows closed until the fire is out.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation will take place once the fire is completely out.