Road remains closed after fire in Richmond
One of the main roads through Richmond will remain closed for several more days as a result of the devastating fire which ripped through a petrol station.
Victoria Road has been closed since the fire on Friday, and motorists will continue to take a diversion through the town until at least Wednesday while petrol station owners Harvest Energy continue to make the site safe.
Richmondshire District Council’s environmental health team is working with them on health and safety issues, including the disposal of asbestos that was blown into neighbouring gardens.
Residents living around the site were evacuated out of their homes on Friday and taken to a rest shelter in Richmond School. All but four family groups have since been allowed back into their properties. It is unclear when the remaining residents will return.
“This was a major fire but thanks to the swift action of workers at the garage and the local fire brigade it was contained to the petrol station itself,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.
“We say a massive thank you to all the emergency workers who dealt with this blaze, the people that ran the rest centre and looked after local residents. Harvest Energy is doing all it can to get the site safe enough for the road to reopen.”
North Yorkshire County Council Leader, Councillor Carl Les added: “This was a great example of all agencies working in partnership to ensure that the public were kept safe in a major incident. We deployed our Major Incident Response Team which was joined by the Local Resilience Forum Ready for Anything Volunteers to make sure the needs were met of residents and tourists affected.
“I’d also like to thank Richmond School for opening its doors to provide a safe place for people to shelter before they could return to their houses or recover their cars.”
And a spokesperson for Harvest Energy said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our team at Victoria Road service station who dealt with the outbreak of the fire in a calm and professional manner and to the local emergency services that worked tirelessly into the night to contain it.
“We remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees, the local community and the wider general public. We will also be taking steps to eliminate any subsequent damage caused to the local environment.”