Firefighters in North Yorkshire were called out after reports of a rubbish fire during the early hours of today.
When they arrived at the scene, they discovered up to 500 tons of shredded waste material was ablaze. The incident happened at a recycling plant in Great Heck, near Selby at about 1.30am.
A spokesman said although the fire was out, crews would be returning to the scene today. The cause was put down to spontaneous combustion.