It is believed that the fire started at around 1.50pm on Monday 25 May 2020.
A number of homes have been evacuated and around 30 residents are being supported at Pickering’s Memorial Hall by members of Ryedale District Council’s community team and the Councillor for Pickering East, Joy Andrews, together with emergency staff.
Several roads have been closed off, including Middleton Road, and police have advised that the A170 through Pickering should be avoided.
Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said:
“This appears to have been a serious fire, and we’d like to thank the emergency services for everything they are doing to make the area safe.”
“As it has been a busy bank holiday, we had a number of Council officers on the ground, keeping an eye on some of Ryedale’s busiest areas. That meant we were able to get someone to the scene quickly to help support those who had been evacuated from their homes.
“The situation is still developing, but we will work alongside the emergency services to do everything we can to help those residents in Pickering who have been affected by this incident.”
Update: 17:21 Monday 25 May
Emergency services have now given the all clear for evacuees to return to their homes. No casualties have been reported.