POLICE have arrested two people in connection with a large scrap tyre fire in Bradford.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) was called to reports of a blaze off Upper Castle Street, in East Bowling, just after 3am on Monday morning.

Almost 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines rushed to the scene and tackled huge flames emanating from the mass of tyres.

Other emergency services were also called to the fire, which turned out to be at a go-kart track, off Spring Mill Street, in the city centre.

West Yorkshire Police officers arrested a 59-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman in North Yorkshire in connection with the fire on Tuesday, November 17.

Both individuals are from Harrogate.

They were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson.

Both suspects were interviewed by police last night and have been released on bail.

Enquiries remain ongoing.

West Yorkshire Police is continuing to support WYFRS and other partner agencies, who remain at the scene of the fire.

There were still 60 crew members out last night trying to bring the fire under control.

Detective Superintendent Sarah Jones, of Bradford District Police, said: “Our investigation into the fire is very much in its early stages and we will be continuing work to establish the full circumstances but I want to reassure the community that any criminal acts will be appropriately dealt with.

“The fire has had a significant impact on both businesses and residents in its vicinity, as well as Bradford city centre and we are continuing to help and support our colleagues at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, who have been working tirelessly since Monday to control the blaze.

“I would urge anyone who has any information about the incident to come forward and speak to the police to assist with our ongoing enquiries.”

The fire has continued to play havoc in Bradford, more than 48 hours after it started.

A number of businesses and residents have had to evacuate the nearby area over the past few days, for their safety.

Schools have also been forced to close.

Several roads have been closed to allow firefighters to tackle the blaze and to ensure people's safety.

Police have released an appeal in relation to the huge fire.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area, or has any further information, should contact Bradford District CID via 101, or using the contact options on the West Yorkshire Police website.

You should quote crime reference number: 13200575916.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.