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Fire at Gateforth, Selby

12th September 2016

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with an incident involving approximately 20 metres x 40 metres of rubbish on fire at the old mushroom farm at Gateforth New Road, Selby. The incident is being dealt with by allowing the fire to burn under the control and supervision of North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Selby District Council, Environmental Health, Environment Agency and Public Health England are aware of the incident and it is anticipated the incident will be scaled down considerably during the next 48 hours. North Yorkshire Police are maintaining security of the site until Monday morning when a site meeting will take place involving representatives from the aforementioned agencies.

Due to the nature of the incident a strong smell of smoke may be experienced by nearby householders and as a precautionary measure Public Health England has provided the following statement: “Residents in areas directly affected by smoke should stay indoors if possible and keep their windows and doors closed. Any smoke can be an irritant so if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid areas affected by the smoke, or to limit the time they spend outside. Smoke can also worsen existing respiratory problems so people with asthma should carry their inhaler. As always, if anyone has any health concerns they should seek medical advice or call NHS 111”.

A fire service spokesperson said “This is a relatively small incident that by its very nature produces significant amounts of smoke in the initial stages, as fire loading decreases however the smoke will lessen and that is the reason we are dealing with the incident in this manner”. If necessary further updates will be posted tomorrow.


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