FIREFIGHTERS from six stations across North Yorkshire were called out to fight a blaze at a plastic recycling plant which started in the early hours of the morning.

For over four hours fire fighters tackled the blaze at the plant at Lowmoor Road, South Duffield, using foam to damp down the burning plastic and a digger. An aerial platform was also brought in.

The alarm was raised at 2.56am on Monday with crews from Selby, York, Acomb, Huntington, Harrogate, Tadcaster, Snaith and the Northallerton command unit involved in the operation.

Officers liaised with the environment agency to monitor the situation. By 7am Station Manager Tony Walker reduced crews to three and by 10am two remained to damp down and ensure there were no flare ups.

An investigation has been launched to find out how the fire started. Mr Walker added: " We are working with the Environment Agency to mitigate any potential damage to the environment. Thank you Yorkshire Ambulance for providing a crew for our safety."