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Recycling fire in Balby, Doncaster

Update – 3.45pm – 08.04.21

Firefighters are now leaving the scene, with the fire thought to be fully extinguished.

An investigation into the cause is on-going and we expect an appliance to revisit the site tomorrow to ensure there are no recurring hot spots.

The incident will now be handed over to Doncaster Council and a range of other partner agencies who will support the site owners in recovering from the fire.

We’d like to once again thank local people for their patience, our partner agencies for their support and our firefighters for their amazing work during a really challenging incident.

Update – 9.45am – 08.04.21

There are now only three fire engines in attendance at this incident.

On-scene crews are working with the site management to separate the waste and extinguish hot spots.

The smoke plume has now reduced considerably and the effect on the local area, in relation to the smoke, should be limited.

Several agencies are continuing to work closely together to ensure the fire is fully extinguished and minimise the impact on the environment.

Officers now hope the fire will be out tomorrow, Friday 9 April.

The service would like to thank local people for their patience, and partner agencies for their support.

A full fire investigation into the cause of this fire is now underway.



Firefighters are still in attendance at this incident.

Five fire engines now remain on scene and the smoke plume has now reduced considerably.

Road closures are still in place in the area but agencies on scene are currently looking at whether some parts of the road can be opened up again.

Locals are still advised to keep doors and windows closed if they are being affected by the smoke.

The service expects to be in attendance at the incident for the next few days, still, and an investigation into the cause will take place in due course.



Firefighters have been working really hard overnight to tackle the blaze.

Seven fire crews and an aerial appliance still remain at the scene.

Balby Carr Bank is currently closed at the junction of Woodfield Way to enable firefighters to work.  It is not yet clear when the road will be re-opened.

The safety messages remain the same to keep doors and windows closed if you are being affected by the smoke.


Eight fire crews were initially called to a large fire at a recycling centre on Carr Hill, Balby, Doncaster at 9:20pm on Monday evening.

At its height there were 12 fire engines at the site.

There is a lot of smoke in the area.  Officers are asking residents to keep windows and doors closed if this is affecting you.

Motorists travelling in the area are also being advised to keep their windows and air vents closed and to turn off their air conditioning.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. A fire investigation will take place once the fire is completely out.


This content was last updated on April 08th, 2021