FIREFIGHTERS and police are at the scene of an explosion and fire in Parry Lane, Bradford.

It involved a forklift truck at a storage company called Range causing two sides of a two-storey building to partially collapse. 

Fire crews from Bradford and Cleckheaton are dealing with the incident, which occurred at about 4.40pm.

Parry Lane has been closed in both directions. 

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the explosion had affected a two-storey building, thought to be a warehouse, but said there were no reports of injuries.

Joanna Robinson, the managing director of engineering firm Mansfield Pollard, which has premises next to the site of the blast, said: "We heard a really loud explosion. We thought a lorry had crashed. It really shook the building."

She added that it was thought the cause of the blast was gas-related.