Kirklees have been left to count the cost of fire damage at a Dewsbury tip after crews battled the blaze overnight.

The inferno at the Weavers Lane site was brought under control after it began on Sunday at 2pm.

A cause is yet to be established.

Up to 60 firefighters were on site on Sunday, as three pumps stayed overnight and into Monday.

A crew member at Dewsbury station said that the fire had been brought under control.

He said: “It has reduced a bit but is still ongoing; luckily it is beginning to thin down.”

The fire was reported in a single storey building at the site, with 40 per centre involved.

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Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles and traffic was brought to a slow around Thornhill Road.

Kirklees Council warned residents to expect disruption following the fire, and that the extent of the damage was at this time unknown.

Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member said: “The fire at Thornhill has been brought under control thanks to the hard work of the local fire service, and thankfully nobody was injured in the fire.

“A full investigation into the cause of the fire will take place and once the extent of the damage is known, plans will be put in place to ensure the service returns to normal as soon as possible.

“Our waste collection teams will be working hard to ensure there is minimum impact on residents, but if you do experience delays please be patient and know that our crews are working to make sure your waste is collected as soon as possible.”

A Kirklees spokesperson said: “The extent of the damage and the longer term impact on services is not known at this time, but the council has closed the site and alternative arrangements are being made to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible for residents.

“However as all vehicles will now have to travel further to empty the wagons there will be a knock on effect on collections, which may lead to some collections taking place later than usual.

“Residents are advised to be patient and if possible leave their bins out until they are emptied.”