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Man arrested over Sherburn-in-Elmet tyre fire

Tyre fire at Sherburn-in-Elmet
The fire needed to burn itself out before an investigation could begin

A man has been arrested in connection with a huge tyre fire in North Yorkshire.

The fire, involving more than 15,000 tonnes of tyres, started on Thursday at the Newgen Recycling Centre in Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds.

Fire crews are expected to remain on site for two weeks while the fire burns itself out.

North Yorkshire Police said a 51-year-old man was arrested on Monday and released on bail.

The police and fire service have begun a joint investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Police said the fire had reduced in size and the smoke plume was much lighter and dispersing in the wind.

A spokesman said: "Residents in Sherburn-in-Elmet and the surrounding area are still advised to avoid any contact with the smoke by remaining indoors as much as possible, ensuring windows and doors are closed as a precaution. This includes closing car windows, air vents and turning off air conditioning when driving.

"A strong odour will be noticeable in the wider area during this period, which health officials say is not a cause for concern."

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