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Please avoid the A170 through Pickering due to large fire

Emergency services are currently at the scene of a large fire in Pickering.

The incident happened at around 1.50pm in Westbourne Grove, a cul-de-sac off Middleton Road, Pickering.

A commercial property and a number of nearby residential properties are on fire. A number of homes have been evacuated and local residents are being moved to safety at the local memorial hall.

Middleton Road has been closed and members of the public are being urged to avoid the area while emergency services work at the scene.

It is advised that the A170 through Pickering be completely avoided due to it not currently being passable. Please take an alternative route.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.