FIREFIGHTERS are at a huge blaze at a Corfe Mullen recycling site this morning.

Some 20 crews from across Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire were called to W&S Recycling in Candys Lane, just off the A31 near the Esso garage.

At the height of the blaze, 60 firefighters were at the scene, although it is understood the response is now scaling down.

Bournemouth Echo:

Crews are expected to remain at the site for the rest of the day. The fire began at around 5.30am.

The Daily Echo has asked W&S Recycling for comment.

Earlier this morning, a spokesperson from the fire service said: "The incident in Corfe Mullen is now a well-developed scrap metal fire and causing a large smoke plume drifting across A31 and Wimborne.

"Local residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed. Traffic delays in area."

Just after 10am, the spokesperson said smoke is no longer a concern on the A31.

One witness said: "You could see huge plumes of smoke for quite a distance.

"I've never seen so many fire engines in all my life. It must have really gone up."

Bournemouth Echo:

A fire broke out at a W&S Recycling facility at the Nuffield Industrial Estate in Poole in June last year.

Some 600 tonnes of rubbish at the facility in Kennington Road set ablaze. It was the second serious fire at the site in just over a year.

The Candys Lane site disposes of more than 3,000 cars each year.