Response to Richmond petrol station fire scaled down

Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Fire crews remained at the scene of the petrol station fire in Richmond overnight to dampen down and monitor.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say the response to the incident at the Harvest Energy site in Victoria Road was scaled down at about 9.30pm last night, but firefighters from Richmond and Colburn remained at the scene as a precaution.

At its height, around 50 firefighters from ten appliances, including the aerial ladder platform, battled the blaze,.

Crews arrived from across North Yorkshire and County Durham to help after the emergency services were alerted at about 2.30pm.

North Yorkshire Police said the fire started in a store room at the garage.

Nobody was injured in the blaze.

It is understood staff managed to switch off the fuel before before evacuating the building.

Local residents said the petrol station had a delivery of fuel earlier in the day.

Residents have now been allowed to return to their homes and businesses which had to shut have been allowed to reopen.

Residents and guests staying at local guest houses, or motorists who were unable to recover their cars, were provided with refreshments and shelter at Richmond School yesterday.

The school said in a statement: “We were pleased to be able to support local residents and visitors who were evacuated to school following the fire in Richmond yesterday.

“They were provided with refreshments in a safe environment until they had the all clear to return to their homes, guest houses and cars.

“Thank you to all those who helped to quickly set up socially-distanced seating and to keep everyone calm and as informed as possible. Special thanks to the emergency services and a huge relief that nobody was hurt.”

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PHOTOS: Richmond fuel station destroyed by fire