THE future of Harris Court Mill is “uncertain” following the devastating fire on Tuesday, Bradford Council has said.

The Council has ordered the owner of the Victorian mill make the building safe before a decision is made on its future, following the fire.

There have been calls for the four-storey mill in Great Horton to be demolished, after a fire tore through its roof and top floor, from a local businessmen and its former owners also said it should be knocked down seven years ago.

Bradford Council has now said its owner must make the building safe.

A spokesperson said: “Work needs to be undertaken by the owner to make the building safe.

“We will be checking to make sure this work is carried out. The future of the building is currently uncertain and the owners are considering the matter.

“Any future outcome for the building will require planning consent. The building is in a conservation area and this will need to be addressed as part of any planning application.”

More than 50 firefighters and more than ten fire engines were deployed to Great Horton Road on Tuesday evening to fight the blaze, which had taken hold in the mill's 80 metre-long roof.

After an hour fighting the fire from cranes, firefighters managed to get the blaze under control, and finally left the scene 21 hours later on Wednesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Peter McIlvenny, managing director of neighbouring business Whaley's, said "enough is enough" and demanded the building be torn down immediately.