VIDEO: Firefighters tackle major overnight blaze at disused major mill

Firefighters at the scene of the fire - the former base of Sunrise Radio in Chapel Street, Little Germany

Firefighters at the scene of the fire - the former base of Sunrise Radio in Chapel Street, Little Germany

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FIRE crews have spent the night battling a suspected arson at a disused mill in Bradford.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at the former base of Sunrise Radio in Chapel Street, Little Germany, at 11.44pm - when firefighters were on strike.

Two support crews initially attended, with eight crews following after the walkout ended.

Fire crews from ten stations, including Bradford, Fairweather Green, Idle and Cleckheaton were among those who attended the incident overnight and this morning. They are expected to be there throughout the day.

Neighbouring flats to the five-storey mill were evacuated as a precaution last night, though no-one suffered any injuries or smoke inhalation.

Part of Leeds Road was closed to allow fire crews to get to the scene.

The fire investigation team is expected back at the scene this morning.

Watch Commander Mark Rogerson, of Bradford Fire Station, said: “It was a reasonably bad fire.

“When we got there we thought it was at the rear of the building but when we got there it was inside the building.

“The construction from inside the building was insulated for sound.

“It was clear the fire continued quite well inside a couple of rooms on the ground floor. The fire crews stopped it spreading any further.

“Some crews will be at the scene for most of the day damping down.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The fire is being treated as arson. Chapel Street remains closed this morning.”

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8:39am Fri 15 Aug 14

Desmin says...

And another one down, another one down, another one bites the dust!
And another one down, another one down, another one bites the dust! Desmin
  • Score: 21

9:04am Fri 15 Aug 14

bd7 helper says...

No more mills left in bradford
No more mills left in bradford bd7 helper
  • Score: 15

9:21am Fri 15 Aug 14

bluebluerobin says...

The continual arson attacks on derelict property in Bradford is a direct result of the ruling Labour Group's failure to produce a coherent regeneration strategy. They prefer instead the easy option of letting opportunistic developers build on any green field they choose.
The continual arson attacks on derelict property in Bradford is a direct result of the ruling Labour Group's failure to produce a coherent regeneration strategy. They prefer instead the easy option of letting opportunistic developers build on any green field they choose. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 11

9:42am Fri 15 Aug 14

allannicho says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
The continual arson attacks on derelict property in Bradford is a direct result of the ruling Labour Group's failure to produce a coherent regeneration strategy. They prefer instead the easy option of letting opportunistic developers build on any green field they choose.
Oh Yes!
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: The continual arson attacks on derelict property in Bradford is a direct result of the ruling Labour Group's failure to produce a coherent regeneration strategy. They prefer instead the easy option of letting opportunistic developers build on any green field they choose.[/p][/quote]Oh Yes! allannicho
  • Score: 7

9:42am Fri 15 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I'd start by investigating the owner of the mill and establishing what they have to gain, through insurance, if the property is destroyed.
I'd start by investigating the owner of the mill and establishing what they have to gain, through insurance, if the property is destroyed. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 35

9:44am Fri 15 Aug 14

allannicho says...

Question, how many of these derelict Mills are or have been Insured?
Question, how many of these derelict Mills are or have been Insured? allannicho
  • Score: 27

9:57am Fri 15 Aug 14

vax2002 says...

What happened to the photographers ?
Same old boring ten year old hampshire fire engine picture...
What happened to the photographers ? Same old boring ten year old hampshire fire engine picture... vax2002
  • Score: 10

11:41am Fri 15 Aug 14

Shipleyvegas says...

vax2002 wrote:
What happened to the photographers ?
Same old boring ten year old hampshire fire engine picture...
Except its a 12 reg so only 2 years old

#pedantic - i know:)

Would be nice to have some actual pictures of the property though
[quote][p][bold]vax2002[/bold] wrote: What happened to the photographers ? Same old boring ten year old hampshire fire engine picture...[/p][/quote]Except its a 12 reg so only 2 years old #pedantic - i know:) Would be nice to have some actual pictures of the property though Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 12

12:48pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike.


Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts).

I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking.

Selfish idiots.
[quote]Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike. [/quote] Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts). I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking. Selfish idiots. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -12

12:57pm Fri 15 Aug 14

piltdownman says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike.


Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts).

I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking.

Selfish idiots.
Quite right. We need the emergency services free to concentrate on rounding up terrorists.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike. [/quote] Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts). I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking. Selfish idiots.[/p][/quote]Quite right. We need the emergency services free to concentrate on rounding up terrorists. piltdownman
  • Score: 2

1:00pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
I'd start by investigating the owner of the mill and establishing what they have to gain, through insurance, if the property is destroyed.
They couldn't have picked a better day, what with the firefighters being on strike.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: I'd start by investigating the owner of the mill and establishing what they have to gain, through insurance, if the property is destroyed.[/p][/quote]They couldn't have picked a better day, what with the firefighters being on strike. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 13

1:02pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Stan the Fan says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
The continual arson attacks on derelict property in Bradford is a direct result of the ruling Labour Group's failure to produce a coherent regeneration strategy. They prefer instead the easy option of letting opportunistic developers build on any green field they choose.
What utter nonsense! No connection what so ever with the story - and another example of someone trying to put some political spin on what was (allegedly) a criminal act.
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: The continual arson attacks on derelict property in Bradford is a direct result of the ruling Labour Group's failure to produce a coherent regeneration strategy. They prefer instead the easy option of letting opportunistic developers build on any green field they choose.[/p][/quote]What utter nonsense! No connection what so ever with the story - and another example of someone trying to put some political spin on what was (allegedly) a criminal act. Stan the Fan
  • Score: -1

3:36pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Soapboxcity says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike.


Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts).

I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking.

Selfish idiots.
The Police have never been allowed to strike....they're the only emergency services that can't.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike. [/quote] Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts). I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking. Selfish idiots.[/p][/quote]The Police have never been allowed to strike....they're the only emergency services that can't. Soapboxcity
  • Score: 10

5:10pm Fri 15 Aug 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

Quite possibly another insurance job or yet another one of those funny 'farms' that went wrong!!!! That building has been empty years and assume very secure, so how did it start inside we may ask?!!!!
Quite possibly another insurance job or yet another one of those funny 'farms' that went wrong!!!! That building has been empty years and assume very secure, so how did it start inside we may ask?!!!! BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 8

8:24pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

So the mill burning season has started early.

I was gonna do 50 flats init.
I make loadsa dollar over years init.

Here you are sir, have a cheque for your loss.
So the mill burning season has started early. I was gonna do 50 flats init. I make loadsa dollar over years init. Here you are sir, have a cheque for your loss. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 12

9:36am Sat 16 Aug 14

elland road says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike.


Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts).

I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking.

Selfish idiots.
Robin what your little brain probably doesn't realise when they do strike we have just as skilled trained back up firefighters that volunteer there life's to go into these places. Do you know why they strike??
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike. [/quote] Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts). I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking. Selfish idiots.[/p][/quote]Robin what your little brain probably doesn't realise when they do strike we have just as skilled trained back up firefighters that volunteer there life's to go into these places. Do you know why they strike?? elland road
  • Score: 0

2:34am Sun 17 Aug 14

Bantam999 says...

elland road wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike.


Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts).

I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking.

Selfish idiots.
Robin what your little brain probably doesn't realise when they do strike we have just as skilled trained back up firefighters that volunteer there life's to go into these places. Do you know why they strike??
Just a small point, the back-up is nowhere near as skilled as full time firefighters and the training they've had doesn't allow them to enter buildings.
[quote][p][bold]elland road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]Emergency services were called to the blaze...... when firefighters were on strike. [/quote] Sounds like something from Robocop (when it was the police that were on strike and the criminals went nuts). I hope we're not going to hear stories like this in the future when our emergency services keep on striking. Selfish idiots.[/p][/quote]Robin what your little brain probably doesn't realise when they do strike we have just as skilled trained back up firefighters that volunteer there life's to go into these places. Do you know why they strike??[/p][/quote]Just a small point, the back-up is nowhere near as skilled as full time firefighters and the training they've had doesn't allow them to enter buildings. Bantam999
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Mon 18 Aug 14

basil fawlty says...

Apparently yet another arson attack in Bradford. There have been so many such fires over recent years that there must surely be a serial arsonist at work. More efforts need to be put to catch this person or persons before loss of life occurs.
Apparently yet another arson attack in Bradford. There have been so many such fires over recent years that there must surely be a serial arsonist at work. More efforts need to be put to catch this person or persons before loss of life occurs. basil fawlty
  • Score: 0

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