Commuter delays after Leeds chemical plant inferno UPDATED

Commuters were warned to expect delays as part of the A63 remained closed today due to the major fire in Garforth.

Most roads in the area were re-opened last night (THU) apart from one lane on the A63 Selby-bound carriageway and the roundabout at the Old George Pub on the A63 heading towards Leeds.

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Police said these were both to remain closed overnight and urged commuters to allow extra time for journeys today (Friday)

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The WasteCare site in Garforth, West Yorkshire, was engulfed by flames after a fire broke out just after midnight on Thursday.

Residents were told by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to stay indoors and pay attention to their water supply.

Some locals and guests at the Holiday Inn were evacuated as 150 firefighters battled the blaze.

The WasteCare website says the company specialises in handling hazardous waste and "difficult" non-hazardous waste that cannot be put in a landfill site.

This includes chemicals, batteries, fluorescent tubing, vegetable oils, printing and photographic, dry cleaning, electrical, catering, packaging and toxic waste.

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