THE cause of a huge blaze at a Corfe Mullen scrapyard is still being investigated, firefighters say.

As reported, some 20 crews spent five hours tackling the fire at W&S Recycling in Candy’s Lane on Saturday.

The flames sent huge plumes of thick smoke into the sky and led to fire chiefs issuing a warning about visibility on the A31.

At its height more than 60 firefighters from Dorset and Hampshire were at the scene.

Fire engines had to access the site along narrow country lanes, which Dorset Police cordoned off throughout the morning.

One nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said he was awoken by the sirens before 6am.

“When we looked out there was this massive column of smoke curling into the sky,” he said.

“Straight away we knew where the fire was because they’ve had them down there before.

“This looked like it was quite a big one though, and you can smell it from quite a way off as well.”

Workers at the scene declined to comment to the Echo, other than to confirm no-one had been injured in the drama.

Fire crews were first called to reports of a “well developed fire” at 5.30am. The fire had been brought under control by 10.30am.

A spokesperson from the fire service said crews have since returned to the scene to try and find a cause.