FIREFIGHTERS have been called to a blaze in a block of flats in Haxby.

Four fire engines were called to the scene on Meadow Lane at about 5.50pm where a fire broke out in a first floor flat inside the two-storey building.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire Service said there are now eight fire crews tackling the blaze which spread to the roof void.

Firefighters wearing special breathing equipment are using hose reel jets to put out the flames.

The spokesman said fortunately there are no casualties and all the residents are accounted for.

Mike Ward, who lives nearby, said he saw smoke coming out of the flats while he was cooking.

He said: "The smoke was the worst part of it. It was just smoke at first but it soon turned into flames.

"The firefighters were here within minutes. It has calmed down a bit now but the roof is missing.

"As long as nobody is hurt that's the important thing, but there is still smoke."

Firefighters remain on the scene.