THE CAUSE of a "large" fire which sent plumes of black smoke billowing into the skies above Pudsey has been confirmed by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue.

The flames got out of hand around 7pm on Tuesday at an address on Clifton Drive.

Crews from Stanningley and Bradford were called out to the scene.

John Killen, watch commander at Stanningley fire station, said it was caused by 'burning off' waste which soon became out of control.

It then spread to a 'man shed/pub' style building and neighbouring houses.

No one was injured, he confirmed.

Crews remained at the scene of the fire for a number of hours.

In a message to the public, Mr Killen issued a plea for people to avoid blocking roads or pathways near ongoing incidents after fire crews struggled to access the street in good time.

"People drove to the incident to watch it or Facebook live," he said.

He also added a further warning about the dangers of burning off, adding that people should contact the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue switchboard and neighbours to let them know what time they plan to start the fire and different measures in place.