SMOKE billowed into the Scarborough night sky as a major fire raged near the seafront.
Firefighters were lifted 70ft into the air on aerial platforms as they battled to contain the blaze, which broke out on the roof of the building housing the Solid Rock Café in Eastborough last night.
At its height, 18 firefighters were working to contain the flames, which they attacked from three sides.
Aerial ladder platforms were positioned in Eastborough and Foreshore Road and firefighters also entered the building and dealt with the fire from below.
A North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman, who was at the scene, told the Evening News: “When we got here the flames were pretty high. If we’d been five minutes later it would have been a lot worse. The location of the fire means it is very awkward to deal with.”
It took over an hour to bring the blaze under control. The lower part of Eastborough and the whole of Foreshore Road in one direction were closed to traffic for several hours.
It is believed the fire was caused by workmen who were carrying out repairs to the building’s roof. They were not at the scene when the fire broke out, although it is understood that they returned after they learned of the fire.
No-one is believed to have been injured in the incident.
The fire service was called at just before 5.45pm, and it was expected to be several hours before the scene could be made safe.
The building where the fire broke out was significantly damaged. For safety reasons firefighters pulled down the ceiling underneath.
Serious water damage was also caused as a result of the efforts to extinguish the flames.
Surrounding buildings were not thought to have been seriously damaged.
Scarborough firefighters were assisted by Filey crews.