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Sherburn-in-Elmet tyre fire plume reaches 6,000ft

A fire involving 15,000 tonnes of tyres at a recycling plant has blanketed York in plumes of black smoke that have reached heights of up to 6,000ft.

Around 70 firefighters are tackling the fire in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, which started at 08:40 GMT on Thursday.

The plume of smoke is so big that it has been picked up by satellites. Flights at a nearby airfield have also been grounded.

Dave Edwards reports.

  • 16 Jan 2014
  • From the section UK