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Nearly 900 vehicles were destroyed in a fire at SYNETIQ’s Doncaster site on Friday night


SYNETIQ fire Doncaster site oneMore than 40 firefighters from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and a police drone unit were called to Bentley Moor Lane at around 10 pm on Friday night. 

The fire was scaled down by the early hours of Saturday morning leaving three fire crews on site until 1 pm to ensure there were no flare-ups.

Shortly after 1 pm on Saturday, South Yorkshire Fire service said: 

“This fire is now out and firefighting operations have stopped. A fire investigation, into how the blaze started, is now underway.

It is thought that around 900 cars have been damaged in the blaze, however, there have been no injuries.”

A SYNETIQ spokesperson gave the following statement: 

We can confirm that there was a fire at our Bentley Moor Lane site on Friday. This has destroyed a number of SYNETIQ owned vehicles, but we are grateful that no one was hurt, and our buildings were untouched. 

The Fire Service Incident Controller has praised the efforts of internal emergency response team, our emergency preparedness procedures and the efforts of our teams who worked in conjunction with his crew on the night. The cause of the fire will be confirmed once the investigation is complete.

The fire was brought under control within a 4-hour window, and there has been no adverse environmental impact on the wastewater runoff thanks to our interceptor that traps any oil, etc and prevents it from entering waterways. It goes without saying that all these vehicles had been fully depolluted.

Tom Rumboll, SYNETIQs Executive Chairman said:

“We were humbled by the efforts of our employees on the night and the concern shared by their friends and families. The Fire Service was amazing and helped us contain the incident as soon as possible.”


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