Harrogate district TV and radio coverage disrupted by mast fire
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Last updated Aug 10, 2021
Fire crews were called to Bilsdale mast near Helmsley this afternoon after reports of smoke coming from the area.
Fire crews were called to Bilsdale mast near Helmsley this afternoon after reports of smoke coming from the area.

A fire at a transmitter in North Yorkshire is affecting television and radio coverage in the Harrogate district.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were called to Bilsdale mast near Helmsley this afternoon after reports of smoke coming from the area.

Readers of the Stray Ferret have got in touch to report that the issue has affected television coverage in the Bilton area and north of the district.


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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service said six appliances and two water bowsers were in attendance at the fire this afternoon.

A spokesperson for the service said:

“Crews are working hard to control the fire in difficult circumstances – it is unclear at this time if any of the centres transmitting capability has been affected or the cause of the fire which will be investigated in due course.

“NYFRS ask that members of the public do not go near to the site, particularly as this area has limited access and we need to be able to move vehicles and people around to help fight the fire.”


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