South Anston compost fire brought under control

Fire at Park Farm, South Anston  (w110805-5b)
Fire at Park Farm, South Anston (w110805-5b)

FIRE crews have left the scene of a large compost fire in South Anston, having successfully extinguished the blaze.

Around twenty firefighters tackled the fire at Park Farm on Crowgate for around six hours.

Four engines from Aston, Maltby and Rotherham attended after the call came in at 6.55am on Friday.

A spokesman from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the fire had started outside a warehouse building but had spread to the inside.

The industrial unit is currently being used as a bio-degradable waste recycling plant.

“Firefighters used hose reels to tackle the fire, and as there was no onsite water supply they had to ferry the water in,” said the spokesman.

Warehouse workers also helped to separate the compost pile with mechanical diggers.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.

A crew manager from Maltby Fire Station said: “Compost generates a lot of its own heat and it has been known to set alight in the past.”