Waste facility fire in Thirsk “spontaneous combustion”

16 May 2011

The fire at Todd Waste Management in Thirsk is most likely to of been caused by ‘spontaneous combustion of organic matter’ the North Yorkshire Fire Service have determined.

Fire in Thirsk

The fire took place in 3 buildings on the 3 May 2011 and could be seen as far away as Harrogate. 12 units attended and there were no injuries due to this incident.

Peter Hudson, from the fire service: “Basically you get the breaking down of organic materials by the bacteria, that creates the heat and if there’s a bit of insulation… that will burn and you end up with spontaneous combustion and a small fire starts which leads to a bigger fire”

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