A FIRE at a business in North Yorkshire has been started deliberately.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were called at just before 9.30pm last night (March 31) after reports of a fire in Thornton Road in Pickering.

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A service spokesman said: “Appliances from Malton and Helmsley were mobilised to a fire sighted in the yard of a builders merchants.

“On arrival crews confirmed a fire measuring 5m x 5m consisting of insulation and timber.

“Crews extinguished the fire and dampened down the surrounding area using 1 x 70mm main jet, ground monitor, small tools and lighting.

“The cause of the fire was confirmed as deliberate.”