Firefighters are expected to remain at the WasteCare site in Halifax after tackling a huge blaze today.

More than 50 firefighters were called to the blaze at the waste plant at North Dean Business Park, Greetland, which was reported just after 10am.

Fire officers said the blaze was brought under control shortly after 1pm.

It is thought the blaze involved batteries that were being recycled.

WasteCare fire seen from Skircoat Green, Halifax - submitted by Yvonne Hilditch

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Local residents have been told to keep their windows closed and there were unconfirmed reports of explosions from the site.

No-one is thought to have been injured.

Stainland Road has been closed hundreds of yards from the site and pedestrians have also been turned away by police officers.

At one point firefighters pumped water from the Calder and Hebble Canal to help the crews at the site.

Fire at WasteCare, North Dean Business Park, Halifax
Fire at WasteCare, North Dean Business Park, Halifax

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Firefighters are scaling back the operation to three fire engines, and are damping down the site and working with the owner to make the scene safe.

Incident Commander Jim Butters said: "Crews were faced with a significant blaze involving several explosions but worked effectively to bring it under control quickly and prevent it spreading to surrounding properties.

"It is likely that firefighters will remain at the scene throughout the night."

The waste plant is one of many run by national company Wastecare and the Stainland Road site is is one of 12 regional centres run by the firm. They collect and process waste from commercial and industrial firms.

The Stainland Road centre runs within yards of the Calder Valley rail line, linking Brighouse and Haifax, and many services have been halted. Northern Rail have warned passengers of disruptions and delays.