THIS was the scene of devastation after 12 cars and ten vans were extensively damaged in a massive fire near York.

The burnt-out wreckage of the vehicles was cordoned off by police on Sunday morning, with two officers standing guard at 8.30am.

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said the fire broke out at about 8.45pm on Saturday evening at a property close to the Highwayman Cafe on the A64 north-east of York.

A spokesman said five fire engines from York, Huntington, Acomb and Tadcaster went to the scene, where they found the vehicles and a building used as offices were alight.

He said all the vehicles suffered extensive damage, and the building was '25 per cent fire damaged.'

Firefighters did not leave the scene until after midnight.

He added that the cause of the fire was still under investigation, with officers due to re-visit the scene today.

The fire led to the temporary closure of the A64 between the Stockton on the Forest junction and the turning for North Lane.