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Major fire at EMR scrap yard

EMR blaze left black smoke hanging overhead for hours.

United Kingdom – The Leeds yard of European Metal Recycling (EMR) in the UK is still dealing with the aftermath of a huge fire that started yesterday afternoon in more than 1300 tonnes of scrap metal.

The fire quickly spread to the scrap yard’s main building and was attended by five firefighting squads called in to deal with flames soaring as high as high as 15 metres. Once the yard is cleared, the fire department will work alongside the UK Environment Agency to determine the exact cause of the blaze.

Around the same time last year, a crew of 50 firefighters spent 12 hours tackling an even larger fire at EMR’s scrap yard in Portsmouth on the south coast of England.

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