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Firefighters tackle foundry blaze in Shipley
Firefighters are battling a blaze at a metal foundry which has been raging through the night.
Motorists in Shipley are being warned to take extra care this morning, as smoke from the fire is spreading across a nearby main road.
Firefighters have spent hours trying to control the flames at Yorkshire Metals in Walker Place, near the A657 Leeds Road.
Crews were called to the blaze at around 10pm yesterday, after a smoke filter measuring 50m by 3m set on fire.
Shipley Watch Commander Philip Brown said: “It’s ongpoing and it’s causing some considerable smoke-logging across Leeds Road.
“With the weather being cold, the smoke is rising then getting hit with the cold air and dispersing around.
“So take caution - there could be smoke billowing across the road.”
Watch Commander Brown said: “It’s deep-seated within the industrial machinery, the fire, and obviously, foundries are built with machinery that burns very, very hot.
“So we are trying to let it burn off safely - in the safest possible way and in the least polluting way.”
He said it was the “intensity of the fire” rather than its size which was proving a challenge.
Watch Commander Brown said a Hazmat environmental protection officer was also at the scene, and they had to consider whether using large amounts of water to quell the flames could spread pollutants.
He said: “We are trying to get to it but it is proving difficult. Sometimes it’s better to let something free-burn, there’s the water run-off to consider.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.