Crathorne Hall fire

A fire broke out today at the historic mansion house and grade II listed building, Crathorne Hall near Yarm in North Yorkshire.

All of the guests and staff were evacuated safely from the site as the fire which started shortly after 10am this morning, caused serious damage to the east wing of the building.

At the height of the blaze eighteen fire engines and more than 100 fire fighters were at the scene with crews from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Services and Cleveland Fire Brigade attending to support the North Yorkshire fire service. Two aerial ladder platforms were in use as a water tower, to spray water on to the roof of the building and two water bowsers were also brought in to assist with the task.

Crathorne Hall is a popular wedding venue and it is understood that events were due to be staged there this weekend.

Fire crews are continuing to dampen down the site of the fire with some crews expected to stay overnight to make sure the fire is completely out.

 

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Crathorne Hall Fire

Crathorne Hall FireLord Crathorne who as a child was brought up in the nursery at the hall which was destroyed by the fire

 

Pictures that I shot from the fire made in the Daily Mail on Line and on the BBC ,

 

See more of my photography on my website and blogs…. HERE

Images copyright Ian Forsyth/ Getty Images

The fire rages on

A huge fire started in a tyre recycling plant in Sherburn in Elmet yesterday. I headed down there late Thursday night for Getty Images to try and get some pictures through the night and again through the following day.

Thousands of old tyres were, and still are, burning at the recycling plant in North Yorkshire sending a plume of stinking acrid smoke high into the air. It could take several days for the fire to eventually burn itself out. Emergency services are reluctant to drench the fire in water because this would cause further pollution as the excess water drained away into the ground and surrounding rivers and streams.

Fire crews are in constant attendance keeping a watchful eye around the clock on the area to make sure that the fire doesn’t flare up again causing any further risk to people and property.

 

A selection of my pictures are below…

*For those who like a bit of technical stuff and are interested in the gear used the pictures were shot with a Fuji X Pro 1 with the 18mm (equivalent to 27mm) F2 lens and a Nikon D3s with either a 70-200 f2.8 VR or a 28mm F2.8 AIS manual focus lens.

 

Fire at re-cycling plantStrong winds keep the smoke plume close to the ground as clouds pass overhead

Fire at re-cycling plantVisible from a considerable distance the flames rose over the tree tops

Fire at re-cycling plantA pile of burning tyres is seen between some of the buildings on the site

Fire at re-cycling plantThe flames burned hard all through the night with water sprays (visible at left of frame) keeping them from spreading to the buildings

Fire at re-cycling plantA vehicle at the re-cycling plant is silhouetted against flames at the fire

Fire at re-cycling plantHeavy smoke from the fire surrounds a hear of sheep in a nearby field

Fire at re-cycling plantA farmhouse close to the site of the fire was under the path smoke plume

Fire at re-cycling plantFire services were on site and preparing to go forward to monitor the fire

Fire at re-cycling plantSunlight breaks through a gap in the heavy smoke as emergency services prepare to go forward to monitor the fire

Fire at re-cycling plantFire crews on a shift change make use of the ‘Rapid Relief Team’ sandwhich van which was on site to provide brews and bacon sarnies to the crews…and photographers 😉

See more of the work of the RRT via the link…   http://www.rapidreliefteam.org/

Fire at re-cycling plantThe Incident Commander steps down from the Command Unit following a briefing

Fire at re-cycling plantSteel wire is all that remains from some of the burning tyres at the site

Fire at re-cycling plantThe Incident Commander surveys the site of the fire

Fire at re-cycling plantA fire truck drives alongside the burning tyres as a hose carries water from a nearby lake to a sprinkler system operating close-by

Fire at re-cycling plantThe Incident Commander looks on as black smoke rises from the burning tyres

Fire at re-cycling plantTyres continue to burn at the site of the fire in the re-cycling plant

Fire at re-cycling plantTyres continue to burn at the site of the fire in the re-cycling plant

Fire at re-cycling plantA member of the fire crew works at the site of the fire

Fire at re-cycling plantAn area of approximately seven acres was affected by the fire that raged through the re-cycling plant

Click the link here to see an article in the Daily Mail about the fire and with a dozen or so of my pictures. A gallery of tear sheets and screen grabs below show some of the other uses.

 Copyright Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

www.ianforsythphotography.co.uk

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