FIRE crews spent over three hours dealing with a lift blaze in a listed building last night.

The fire broke out in the lift shaft of the five-storey Barkerend Mills at around 8pm.

Four pumps in total attended, including two from Bradford and one each from Shipley and Fairweather Green.

The fire spread up to roof of the fifth floor and looked as if it was going to work its way to all five floors of the Grade II, listed building.

But, crews were able to tackle the blaze using an aerial appliance and jets below the lift shaft.

A spokesperson from Fairweather Green Fire Station said: "Crews stopped it from spreading along the roof because that's the bit that's only timber really."

There was no lasting damage to the mills.

A spokesperson from Bradford Fire Station said: "It's a derelict mill anyway and it doesn't have any fire loading in it, other than rubbish people put in."

Crews left the scene between 11pm and 12am.