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Malmö recycling centre up in flames

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Malmö recycling centre up in flames
09:53 CEST+02:00
A massive blaze torched a recycling station in southern Sweden on Thursday night, with fire-fighters still battling to quell the flames on Friday after an explosion spread the fire.

The fire broke out at around 7pm on Thursday at a recycling centre in Malmö's Norra Hamnen. The flames swept through the centre throughout the night, and between 30 and 40 fire-fighters were on the scene late into the night.

However as the blaze seemed set to peter out, it was given a second wind early on Friday morning after an large explosion from within the scrap heap, forcing the fire station to send more resources out to tackle the flames.

IN PICTURES: See more images from the blaze in Malmö

"We don't have the fire completely under control right now," Max Nilsson of the local emergency services told the Sydsvenskan newspaper on Friday morning.

"It's heavy work with metal and electronics burning. Right now we have ten vehicles and 25 people on the scene," he added.

Experts estimated that the fire would be extinguished by midday.

"The winds are still favourable and the smoke is going out over the water. We're managing to put out parts of the fire, but soon we'll begin to let it burn out by itself," Nilsson told the paper.

There have been no reported injuries from the blaze.

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