The fire on Upper Castle Street in Bradford has now been extinguished and firefighters who are left on the scene are currently damping down, following more than a week of work to tackle the large fire.

At its height, around 100 firefighters and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service officers attended the blaze at an old go-kart track when it started last week.

After seven days of work, there are still around 15 firefighters and officers on the scene with three fire engines in attendance damping down. They are likely to remain on the scene for the next few days while this continues.

Bradford District Commander for WYFRS, Benjy Bush, said: “This has been a challenging incident, with many of our firefighters from across the Service brought in to help tackle this large fire. It has had a huge impact on the people of Bradford over the last seven days and I would once again like to thank everyone for their patience and support while we brought the fire under control – I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this past week must have been for people who live, work and have businesses in the surrounding area.

“We’ve worked tirelessly over the last seven days, making progress at every step. Tyre fires are often complex due to the types of materials that are involved – they contain high levels of fuel and burn at high temperatures. Once ignited, large quantities of tyres are difficult to extinguish as they start to melt and form a crust over the top, while still burning underneath. As well as this, as many residents will now unfortunately know, tyre fires produce large amounts of thick black smoke which can contain toxic gases. This smoke can be harmful to public health and also the environment.

“Over the next few days, we will still be on site but now that the fire has been extinguished we’re able to move in to the next phase of our response ready to hand the site over to the site operator and landowner.”