A FIRE at a former pub on the outskirts of Bradford city centre is being treated as deliberate, it has been confirmed. 

The blaze broke out at the old Northern pub on Halifax Road, Odsal, late yesterday afternoon.

Crews from Bradford, Odsal, Cleckheaton, Fairweather Green and Rastrick fire stations were called to the incident shortly after 5.30pm.

The Telegraph & Argus visited the site this morning and took pictures of the fire-ravaged derelict building. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: How the old pub looked this morningHow the old pub looked this morning (Image: Newsquest/Mike Simmonds)

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson told the Telegraph & Argus this morning: "We were called at 5.35pm yesterday to a derelict building fire on Halifax Road in Bradford.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The pub closed in 2021The pub closed in 2021 (Image: Newsquest/Mike Simmonds)

"We sent five crews who used hose reels, breathing apparatus and positive pressure ventilation fans to extinguish the fire.

"The fire is being marked as deliberate."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said officers were investigating the blaze. 

They added: "Shortly before 7pm, police were called by the fire service to reports of an ongoing fire at the old public house.

"The incident has been recorded as arson and enquiries remain ongoing."

Anyone with information should contact police by calling 101 or visiting www.westyorkshire.police.uk/LiveChat, quoting reference 13240199219.  

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.