THREE people have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at a transport shop in York city centre.

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said three crews from Acomb and York went just after 3pm today to the fire, which affected an electric bike at the Electric Transport Store in Walmgate.

It said the fire severely damaged the bike and caused smoke and heat damage to the workshop and adjoining shop.

"Staff used six different fire extinguishers prior to fire brigade arrival to tackle the fire,"it said.

"Three males were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation and checked over by paramedics.

"Crews used one hose, two breathing apparatus, thermal imaging camera, positive pressure ventilation and an immediate emergency care pack."

The nursery which neighbours the store was evacuated and the children and staff were safe.

North Yorkshire Ambulance service said that they sent two emergency ambulance vehicles and a rapid response unit to the incident, and two individuals had subsequently been taken to York Hospital.