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LIVE: Huge blaze at industrial estate
Updated 11:08pm Monday 9th June 2014 in News
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- Blaze began just after 5am
- 8 fire crews on site
- Second major fire at plant in recent years
@yorkpress Todd's Thirsk http://t.co/eXIZCIXHI7— @phillowe31 09 June 2014
The latest update from the fire and rescue service, issued about 9.30pm, said five fire crews from Thirsk, Easingwold, Huntington and Northallerton were on site working with Todds own staff to rake out debris from the fire hit building and tackle the small fires in that debris.
From 10pm, they were planning to cut their attendance down to two appliances, and from midnight to just one.
Once it gets light tomorrow morning firefighters will reassess and the situation, the fire service spokesman said.
At 5.15pm the fire service issued another update. Three fire crews are still on site, along with the aerial ladder platform and an incident command unit.
Crews are making good progress moving waste out of the building, and are still damping down.
They are due to carry out another inspection just after 6pm, and will issue another update later this evening.
In the last few minutes a North Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman said the number of fire crews at the site has now been reduced to three. The aerial ladder platform and command unit are also still at the scene.
He said the crews had moved their equipment to allow staff at the site access to check on remaining stock, and damping down would continue at least for today.
A statement from Todd Waste Management :
As you may already be aware, we had a fire early in the morning of Monday 9th June.
The Thirsk fire is now under control, but the Fire Service will remain on site to monitor the situation until they deem it is completely safe.
We have a well developed set of plans and contingencies to deal with an event such as this. These plans were effective in identifying containing and controlling the Thirsk fire at an early stage and preventing its spread to other parts of the site.
If you are one of our existing customers and are receiving a waste service from us currently, your collections should proceed as normal unless we contact you individually.
We will be updating our website with news over the next few days and weeks, so please keep checking for updates on progress.
Thank you in anticipation of your patience and understanding as we return our site to order as soon as possible.
North Yorkshire Fire Service said the fire, which affected about 160 tonnes of waste, is contained, but officers were expected to remain at the site until at least tomorrow.
The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, but fire investigation officers are on the scene.
This picture was taken by Ben Atkinson.
Another pic: This one was taken by Jean Bowman and tweeted by @MichelleHG2
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A BBC reporter has just tweeted this pic:
Fire service have scaled back operation at blaze at Todd Waste Management in Thirsk. Crews likely to be here all day. http://t.co/44bm2nCClm— @JoanitaMusisi 09 June 2014
This is the report and pics from the previous blaze at the site, in 2011:
#fire #thirsk #todds @thefirecamera http://t.co/SiceHKmIc1— @phillowe31 09 June 2014
The fire is at Todd Waste Management on Thirsk Industrial Park. There was a large fire at the same site in 2011.
FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a large blaze at a recycling plant in North Yorkshire.
They were called at 5.06am today to Thirsk Industrial Park, following a number of 999 calls.
Eight fire engines are there, along with a specialist pumping appliance from Harrogate.
A spokesperson said: "A Industrial Unit measuring 20 metres by 30 metres was well alight containing household rubbish. Crews are using five large jets to deal with the fire."
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