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Recycling plant blaze engulfs 15,000 tonnes of tyres

A fire has broken out a recycling plant in Yorkshire with the latest reports suggesting it could involve up to 15,000 tonnes of tyres.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said a total of 14 fire engines were at the incident at Sherburn in Elmet, including a high volume pump, which can move large quantities of water over a larger distance than a normal appliance.

Fire engines from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were also present.

Crews are using three hose reel jets to tackle the blaze and as well as a water curtain, which is used as a cooling method to try to restrict the spread of the fire.

The site occupier is using a digger to create a fire break.

Reports earlier suggested that just 1,000 tonnes were involved but the blaze spread to 15,000 tonnes over the course of the day.

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