Yorkshire: 'Mystery' gas from drain causes chaos

Thirty houses were evacuated in the North Yorkshire market town of Bedale due to a mysterious fire.

Smoke was seen pouring from a manhole.

It burst into flames and set fire to a car.

Residents were sheltered in the town hall.

The drama began at 8.33am yesterday, said the fire service.

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