LIVE: Huge blaze at industrial estate

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  • Blaze began just after 5am
  • 8 fire crews on site
  • Second major fire at plant in recent years

11:08pm

11:06pm

The latest update from the fire and rescue service, issued about 9.30pm, said five fire crews from Thirsk, Easingwold, Huntington and Northallerton were on site working with Todds own staff to rake out debris from the fire hit building and tackle the small fires in that debris.
From 10pm, they were planning to cut their attendance down to two appliances, and from midnight to just one.
Once it gets light tomorrow morning firefighters will reassess and the situation, the fire service spokesman said.

5:53pm

At 5.15pm the fire service issued another update. Three fire crews are still on site, along with the aerial ladder platform and an incident command unit.

Crews are making good progress moving waste out of the building, and are still damping down.

They are due to carry out another inspection just after 6pm, and will issue another update later this evening.

 

1:13pm

In the last few minutes a North Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman said the number of fire crews at the site has now been reduced to three. The aerial ladder platform and command unit are also still at the scene.

He said the crews had moved their equipment to allow staff at the site access to check on remaining stock, and damping down would continue at least for today.

11:55am

A statement from Todd Waste Management :

As you may already be aware, we had a fire early in the morning of Monday 9th June.

The Thirsk fire is now under control, but the Fire Service will remain on site to monitor the situation until they deem it is completely safe.

We have a well developed set of plans and contingencies to deal with an event such as this.  These plans were effective in identifying containing and controlling the Thirsk fire at an early stage and preventing its spread to other parts of the site.

If you are one of our existing customers and are receiving a waste service from us currently, your collections should proceed as normal unless we contact you individually.

We will be updating our website with news over the next few days and weeks, so please keep checking for updates on progress.

Thank you in anticipation of your patience and understanding as we return our site to order as soon as possible.

10:32am

North Yorkshire Fire Service said the fire, which affected about 160 tonnes of waste, is contained, but officers were expected to remain at the site until at least tomorrow.

The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, but fire investigation officers are on the scene.

9:16am

This picture was taken by Ben Atkinson.

York Press:

8:58am

Another pic: This one was taken by Jean Bowman and tweeted by @MichelleHG2

 

York Press:

8:56am

If you're in Thirsk, email your pics or eyewitness accounts to newsdesk@thepress.co.uk or tweet @yorkpress

8:55am

A BBC reporter has just tweeted this pic:

 

8:42am

This is the report and pics from the previous blaze at the site, in 2011: 

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/ryedale/9005220.Huge_fire_in_North_Yorkshire_industrial_park/

8:29am

Firefighter Phil Lowe has tweeted this pic:

8:23am

The fire is at Todd Waste Management on Thirsk Industrial Park. There was a large fire at the same site in 2011.

8:04am

FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a large blaze at a recycling plant in North Yorkshire.

They were called at 5.06am today to Thirsk Industrial Park, following a number of 999 calls.

Eight fire engines are there, along with a specialist pumping appliance from Harrogate.

A spokesperson said: "A Industrial Unit measuring 20 metres by 30 metres was well alight containing household rubbish. Crews are using five large jets to deal with the fire."

more to follow.... Stay tuned to the story

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8:24am Mon 9 Jun 14

Thecynic says...

Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be a lot of fires at these recycling plants recently? The resultant fires are almost always large ones too!. Maybe it's about time there were some stricter regulations brought in?
Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be a lot of fires at these recycling plants recently? The resultant fires are almost always large ones too!. Maybe it's about time there were some stricter regulations brought in? Thecynic
  • Score: 10

11:28am Mon 9 Jun 14

big boy york says...

two fires in three years hmm makes you think dodgy
two fires in three years hmm makes you think dodgy big boy york
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Mon 9 Jun 14

spottycow says...

Should move this firm to some place where they cant be a burden on the fire service and the people of THIRSK
Should move this firm to some place where they cant be a burden on the fire service and the people of THIRSK spottycow
  • Score: -3

8:10am Tue 10 Jun 14

YorkPatrol says...

big boy york wrote:
two fires in three years hmm makes you think dodgy
If it were three fires in two years then maybe
[quote][p][bold]big boy york[/bold] wrote: two fires in three years hmm makes you think dodgy[/p][/quote]If it were three fires in two years then maybe YorkPatrol
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