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Incident at Clifton Moor

14th October 2018

7th November update

Following a comprehensive  joint investigation with both North Yorkshire Police and the insurers, the cause of this fire is not thought to be of a suspicious nature. The fire appears to have started by means of discarded smoking materials within the rear loading area of the store.

The severe fire was fanned by high winds which spread rapidly through this area and into the adjacent B&M building causing extensive damage.

The surrounding premises were protected from the excessive heat and spread of fire by the attending fire crews. 

All members of the public and staff from B&M (who were inside the premises) made their way to safety on discovery of the fire and no injuries were reported.

15th October Update

The incident remains open at this time, and crews are conducting revisits to dampen down hotspots. Investigations into the cause of the fire are on-going, and no cause has been established at this time.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has a welfare unit which provides refreshments to our firefighters at large incidents and this (welfare unit) did attend the incident at Clifton Moor, York on Saturday evening.

The Service takes the welfare of staff at incidents seriously and does not have a policy of requesting free refreshments from other businesses.

We would like to thank the members of the public and local businesses for their patience and assistance during this incident, particularly as we needed to close the A1237.

We have no comment to make on the statements made on social media by members of the public, about McDonalds.

There is a likely to be a smell of smoke in the area for some time, so local residents and businesses may still want to keep doors and windows closed.

Incident background

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service received reports of a fire in a yard at a commercial building at Clifton Moor, at around 16:30 on the 13th October, which had spread to the building.

10 fire engines, two aerial ladder platforms two water bowsers and a high volume pump attended the scene.

Crews used the aerial ladder platforms to fight the fire.

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