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Scrap tyre fire causes travel chaos in Bradford

A fire involving thousands of tyres at a go-kart track in Bradford has caused widespread travel disruption.

Picture courtesy of Northern Rail

The fire, which broke out in the early hours of Monday last, was tackled by over 100 firefighters, 15 fire engines and two aerial appliances, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Picture courtesy of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

A number of rail services between Leeds and Manchester Victoria were either cancelled or diverted due to the fire, which continued to burn into Wednesday afternoon.

Train operator Northern Rail tweeted on Monday: “A large fire at a go-kart track next to the railway at Bradford Interchange is on fire. Around 8,000 tyres and railway equipment are at risk from the fire which is around 50 metres from the railway.”

The tyre blaze also resulted in West Yorkshire Police closing several roads in the area. No casualties were reported.

Picture courtesy of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Det Supt Sarah Jones, of Bradford District Police told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The fire has had a significant impact on both businesses and residents in its vicinity, as well as Bradford city centre.

“Our investigation into the fire is very much in its early stages and we will be continuing work to establish the full circumstances.”

Two people were arrested on suspicion of arson, but have since been released on bail, police confirmed.