A man who was rescued from a fire at the sewage works in Tadcaster on Monday has died after suffering 90 per cent burns in the incident.
The man, who is in his 50s, is believed to have been working on the Oxton Lane site, but it is currently unclear if his burns are a result of the fire or chemicals at the plant.
He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield by air ambulance.
Another man who was rescued from the fire was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: ”North Yorkshire Police can confirm that the man who suffered severe burns in an industrial accident at the sewage treatment works on Oxton Lane, Tadcaster, on Monday, July 20, has sadly passed away.
“The man’s family has been informed, however we are not in a position to release his identity at this time.”
The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue team sent two engines to the scene at around 12pm and remained there with police and the heavy rescue unit from Tadcaster.
A joint investigation with the police, the fire service and the Health and Safety Executive is now under way in order to establish the cause of the incident.