UPDATE: People warned to stay away from area around Rawdon factory fire (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Fifty firefighters tackle major blaze at Rawdon factory
Police are appealing to people to stay away from the area close to a huge blaze at an air conditioning factory in Rawdon.
The main A65 through Rawdon is closed as firefighters tackle the blaze at Airedale air conditioning.
A police spokesman said: “The road is expected to remain closed until at least midnight.”
More than 15 fire appliances were on the scene to tackle the blaze, along with two aerial platforms, four ground monitors and two large jets.
A spokesman for the fire service said the ground floor of the three storey building was 100 per cent involved in the fire.
She said fire crews were going inside the building in relays of four at a time.
When firefighters arrived at the scene shortly before 3pm the building had already been evacuated.
But police are stressing that no nearby homes have been evacuated – contrary to reports.
A fire spokesman said: “There is quite a large degree of smoke so we have said to people to maybe stay indoors and close doors and windows.”
The A65, the main route from Leeds to Guiseley and Ilkley,has been closed in both directions with queueing traffic between the B6152 Harrogate Road junction and the A6120 Broadway junction. There has been congestion to the A6038 Bradford Road junction and on A658 Pool Bank New Road to the Old Pool Bank junction.
Plumes of smoke billowed an estimated 100 feet into the air.
Leanne Lister tweeted: "The fire in Rawdon looks and sounds absolutely horrendous."