A fleet of fire engines battled a huge tyres blaze in the village of Hensall earlier this week as toxic fumes created a noxious plume of smoke that could be seen from York.
Five engines, a foam bowser and fire-fighters wearing breathing apparatus spent seven hours tackling the blaze of more than 1,000 tyres.
Fire-fighter Craig Lawrence said the inferno started in Hazel Old Lane after tyres were dumped and wire removed from them – possibly to be sold as scrap – before being set alight.
He added: “Tyres were well alight when we arrived. A thick plume of smoke could be seen for miles around, and even as far as York.
“We used about 700 litres of a foam/water mix to bring this under control. Engines were scrambled from North Yorkshire, Humberside and West Yorkshire. This type of incident is becoming a more common in the area.”
One eye-witness said: “I was driving towards home from the Selby Bypass when I looked towards Drax Power Station and saw thick black smoke billowing into the air.
“If fire-fighters hadn’t brought this under control, who knows what might have happened.”
Oliver Hall, Operations Team