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Dozens of fire fighters tackle blaze in Bradford

‘Raging’ inferno lights up night sky over Bradford: Dozens of fire fighters tackle blaze at ‘business in old mill’ in city centre

  • Firefighters are tackling blaze on Legrams Lane near University of Bradford
  • Residents are being urged to shut their doors and windows due to smoke
  • It is not yet known if there have been any injuries as a result of the blaze 

Firefighters are tackling a huge blaze in a furniture factory in Bradford near the university as up to 30 people are evacuated from nearby flats. 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said 18 engines were scrambled to put out a fire in the factory adjoining a larger mill complex on Legrams Lane.  

Up to 30 residents from nearby flats have been evacuated and a cordon in the surrounding area has been put in place, the service said.

Residents in the Shearbridge area are advised to keep doors and windows closed after photos showed massive plumes of black smoke pillowing over the city.

It is not yet known if there have been any injuries.  

A huge fire in Bradford, West Yorkshire being tackled by over a hundred firefighters as residents are evacuated from their homes

A huge fire has broken out in Bradford as witnesses claim it may have spread to neighbouring buildings as multiple fire engines fight the blaze

A huge fire has broken out in Bradford as witnesses claim it may have spread to neighbouring buildings as multiple fire engines fight the blaze

Firefighters were called out to the blaze, which is thought to be at a former mill complex on Legrams Lane near the University of Bradford, at around 2.45am

Firefighters were called out to the blaze, which is thought to be at a former mill complex on Legrams Lane near the University of Bradford, at around 2.45am

It is not yet known if there have been any injuries

It is not yet known if there have been any injuries 

A huge fire has broken out in Bradford as witnesses claim it may have spread to neighbouring buildings as multiple fire engines fight the blaze

A huge fire has broken out in Bradford as witnesses claim it may have spread to neighbouring buildings as multiple fire engines fight the blaze

Residents are being urged to shut their doors and windows due to smoke as the blaze rages, with 18 fire engines currently at the scene

Residents are being urged to shut their doors and windows due to smoke as the blaze rages, with 18 fire engines currently at the scene

Photos and video posted on social media today show enormous plumes of black smoke rising into the sky and billowing over the city. 

One eyewitness said multiple fire engines were on the scene after local residents were woken up to the blare of sirens at around 2.45am. 

In a statement published to its website, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service urged people living nearby to shut their doors and windows.

The service said: ‘The fire is now under control. 

‘This is no longer being treated as a major incident but we still have 12 fire engines plus two aerial ladder platforms at the scene.

‘Electricity to the building has been isolated and up to 130 residential properties in the area may be affected. 20-30 people have been evacuated from nearby flats. Roads surrounding the building are closed.’

At 6.30am it said: ‘Firefighters continue to tackle the blaze in Legrams Lane, Bradford. The fire is in a furniture factory adjoining a larger mill complex. 

‘The affected area of the building is approximately 100 metres by 20 metres.

‘Power to the building has been isolated as part of the firefighting operations and power in the local area may also be affected. We are working alongside partners from Northern Power to manage this. 

One eyewitness said multiple fire engines were on the scene after local residents were woken up to the blare of sirens at around 2.45am

One eyewitness said multiple fire engines were on the scene after local residents were woken up to the blare of sirens at around 2.45am

Firefighters were called out to the massive fire, which is thought to be at a former mill complex on Legrams Lane near the University of Bradford, at around 2.45am

Firefighters were called out to the massive fire, which is thought to be at a former mill complex on Legrams Lane near the University of Bradford, at around 2.45am

Photos and video posted on social media today show enormous plumes of black smoke rising into the sky and billowing over the city

Photos and video posted on social media today show enormous plumes of black smoke rising into the sky and billowing over the city

‘We are also working alongside partners from Police, Ambulance, Bradford Council Emergency Planning team and Yorkshire Water.

‘A number of residents from a nearby flats have been evacuated.

‘Other local residents in the Shearbridge area are advised to keep doors and windows closed. The public is also asked to avoid the area if possible.

‘The incident remains 18 pumps in attendance. There is a cordon in the area and roads surrounding the building are affected.

‘Thank you to the public for your patience as we deal with this incident.’

Earlier, it said: ‘Firefighters from across the Service are currently tackling a large building fire in the Legrams Lane area of Bradford. Our Control Room received the first emergency call to this incident at 02.44 hrs.

‘In total 18 pumps (fire engines) and four aerial appliances are currently in attendance at this incident and are working alongside emergency service partners.

‘Local residents living in the Shearbridge area of Bradford are advised to keep doors and windows closed due to large plumes of smoke in the area.’   

Sulayman Mahmood, a local resident on the scene, said the fire was ‘raging in an area of at least 12m long.’ He added that the fire seems ‘to be under control as they don’t seem to have started to evacuate other residents nearby.’  

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