7.7.16 Leeds fire: Blaze sends black smoke over city


A fire broke out in an old printing factory in the centre of Leeds, sending black smoke over the city.

The blaze started in the disused buildings near Whitehall Road, Holbeck, West Yorkshire Fire Service said.

Ten fire engines and two aerial appliances were sent to the scene to tackle the fire in the unoccupied premises on 7th October and began damping down at about 14:00.

There are believed to have been four people inside the building, but no one was injured. The fire is not thought to have been started deliberately.

At its height, the smoke could be seen all around the city, with dramatic pictures being tweeted of the scene.

West Yorkshire Police set up a safety cordon around the site, which is about half a mile south of Leeds railway station.

The blaze which destroyed the former printing factory was started by accident, fire investigators have said.  The single storey building partially collapsed and was completely destroyed by the fire ultimately.  However, fire fighters were successful in stopping it spreading to surrounding buildings.  Incident Commander Ian Bitcon said: “Actions taken by the initial crews played a huge part in ensuring that surrounding buildings were protected and this meant that the incident could be dealt with quickly.” The fire service said no one was injured by the fire.  Fire fighters remained on site throughout Friday night.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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