Richmond petrol station destroyed by fire

The petrol station in Victoria Road, Richmond, has been gutted by fire.

The roof of the building has been destroyed and the shop has been burnt out, while it is understood nearby properties suffered smoke damage.

Dozens of firefighters from across North Yorkshire and County Durham battled the blaze at the Harvest Energy fuel station this afternoon after being alerted at 2.30pm.

Firefighters were still at the scene at 7pm on Friday evening with fire chiefs saying they expected to be there for some time.

Police say nobody has been injured in the incident.

A 300-metre cordon has been set up with military police helping clear the area.

Local residents on surrounding streets have been evacuated, including one person who had to be carried to safety.

Smoke from the fire has spread across the town, with residents and businesses being advised to keep their windows shut.

According to local residents, the petrol station had a delivery of fuel this afternoon.

One resident told how passers-by used roadwork barriers to cordon off the road past the building before the emergency services arrived.

Nearby Richmondshire Cricket Club, where a junior cricket training session was taken place, has also been evacuated.

Photo: Chris Collier.

The blaze started in a store room at the fuel station in Queens Road, near the town’s cricket club, according to North Yorkshire Police.

It is not yet known how the blaze started.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said a full investigation will be carried out.

A spokesperson for the service said: “Fire engines from Richmond, Colburn, Leyburn, Reeth, Bedale, Helmsley, Ripon,  Darlington and Barnard Castle, along with the aerial ladder platform from Harrogate, incident command unit and a water bowser are in attendance at a large fire on Victoria Road in Richmond.

“Fire crews were called at around 2.30pm to reports of a garage on fire.

“The fire is to a building approximately 30m x 30m. Due to petrol and diesel being on the site, a number of nearby buildings have been evacuated and a cordon put in place.

“There are no reports of any injuries.

“Fire crews will be at the scene for some time and people are asked to avoid the area, and keep doors and windows closed if they live or work nearby.”

Police have also urged motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area.

Inspector Mark Gee, from Richmond neighbourhood policing team, has asked residents to keep clear of the site and not risk their safety by trying to get close to take photos.

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PHOTOS: Richmond fuel station destroyed by fire