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Liversedge mill roof collapses during major blaze
UP to 40 firefighters tackled a mill blaze which saw the building’s roof collapse with flames rising to more than 60ft high at the height of the fire.
The large building in Millbridge, Liversedge, which was used to store carpets, was completely destroyed following the early morning fire on Saturday.
Emergency services were called to reports of a building fire at 1.41am and crews from Batley and Cleckheaton went out.
Cleckheaton Watch Commander Colin Brown said: “As we approached towards Cleckheaton we soon realised it was a bit more than that. You could see big plumes of flames and smoke. The flames were 60 to 80ft high.”
Crews from Odsal, Dewsbury, Mirfield and Morley, along with various supporting appliances from around West Yorkshire and an aerial appliance, were then called to help control the fire at Heckmondwike Fibre Bonding on Huddersfield Road, Millbridge.
Mr Brown said all of the red brick building was involved and the corrugated steel roof had collapsed when they arrived.
He estimates the fire was burning for up to an hour before someone realised and called 999, as it was in a yard in a non-residential area.
“With it being dark, nobody’s out and about, you won’t have seen it. You could drive past without realising it was there. Luckily somebody has spotted it,” he said.
He said the main priority was to stop the fire from spreading to neighbouring businesses, including a timber yard which had pallets of wood in it.
The building, which measures 100 metres by 20 metres, was destroyed.
“Unfortunately they lost that building, but we prevented it from spreading, which was the main thing,” Mr Brown said.
Roads around the mill were closed so crews could access water from fire hydrants around 500 to 600 metres away. It took around 90 minutes to control the blaze. Police were called and fire investigators are still probing the cause. Fire crews were at the scene until around 10am on Saturday.
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