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Incident Update - Todds Waste Management Recycling Site Thirsk

3rd May 2011

Media Update: 07:30 hrs

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) and partners are continuing to deal with what was a large fire involving 3 buildings of a waste recycling business at Thirsk Industrial Estate which was reported to NYFRS just after 19:20 last night.

The service used its High Volume Pump from Harrogate to supply water from the Cod Beck in Thirsk, along with a separate source of water provided from the local mains supply. This provided a constant water supply to two Aerial Ladder appliance monitors and ground monitors to bring the fire under control.

At its peak there were twelve fire engines at the incident overnight.  Good progress is now being made in extinguishing the fire and resources have now been reduced to four fire engines and crews, one Aerial Ladder Platform and one high Volume Pump.

Due to the extent of fire damage to the building structures Firefighters have not entered any of the buildings which have been on fire.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and investigations into this will commence as soon as is practically possible.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service wish to advise local residents that the cloud of smoke now permeating from the incident is largely steam as result of the water used to extinguish the fire.

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