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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Take-away fire in Bradford overnight.

Fire crews attended a fire at Barkerend Fisheries on Otley road, Bradford late last night. The shop at the junction of Otley road and Undercliffe Lane involved the ducting from the frying range.

Bradford appliance outside the affected property
Six workers on the site quickly evacuated the premise and were outside the building when the first fire crews arrived after the call was received just before 11pm last night. 

Fire crews had to remove plaster and cut out timbers close to the pipe on each of the property's floors to stop the fire.

CARP used to tackle fire at height.
Fire in the ducting spread to roof of the property. 10% of the building was involved of this 15m x 10m property. Firefighters used 2 hosereel jets, 2 B/A's and the CARP appliance. 
Appliances from Bradford (2), Odsal (1), and Fairweather Green (1) attended.


Police attended to enforce the road closure of Undercliffe Lane, whilst crews dealt with the fire.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Wind Torn Interchange building made safe by Fire crews


Police were notified at around 2.00pm yesterday (22/12/2014) as strong and gusting winds affected the roof level section of  1 the Interchange, a building which runs along Nelson street opposite the Jacobs Well car park. 

TRU vehicle with crew on Nelson street affected building in the background
Cosmetic cladding around the edge of the building's flat roof had been ripped away by the ferocity of a wind and another was left hanging loose. Bus services had to be diverted on Jacobs Well, Hall Ings and Bridge Street, with police officers blocking both ends of the street


Fire crews returned this morning to assist in securing the structure using lines and sandbags for weight. Crews from Cleckheaton Technical Rescue attended.

Image of FF on top of building
TRU crews securing the cladding
The road which had remained closed since yesterday has now been re-opened.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Breaking News !!!! Driver released after 2 vehicle Tong Street Smash

Fire, police and Ambulance teams attended the Road Traffic Collision on Tong Street at around 7:30pm today. The road was fully closed for the duration of the incident with the road now re opened. Buses were diverted whilst the closures were in place.

Tong Street overview of the scene
The crash involved a BMW car and a light goods vehicle. One casualty was trapped in the BMW who was released by fire crews who attended from Bradford station with 2 appliances. A HART team attended along with the ambulance service to deal with the casualties.

Multi -agency team work in operation at the scene
Casualties were conveyed to hospital by ambulance and fire crews made the vehicles safe Police have now started their investigations.

Fire crews making up there equipment.






Sunday, 7 December 2014

Dewsbury Homes Gutted in Flats Blaze

Fire crews from Batley, Dewsbury and Mirfield attended the flats on Ashworth road at 4:39pm today.


ALP in use at the scene
The fire at Ashworth Close has gutted the upper floors and the roof has been burnt away by the ferocity of the blaze. An aerial appliance from Wakefield was required to tackle the fire from above. 

It is believed that no one has been injured however neighbouring homes needed evacuating.


Crews and appliances at the scene
Fire crews with Breathing apparatus and hosereels tackled the incident from within. 



Eyewitnesses on Ashworth Road told me it appears that at least six flats were damaged. Firefighters are still in attendance damping down and a fire investigation will take place into the incident.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Explosion and fire in Parry Lane, Bradford

Fire crews still in attendance this evening
FIREFIGHTERS and police are at the scene of an explosion and fire in Parry Lane, Bradford. Fire crews from Bradford and Cleckheaton have been dealing with the incident, which occurred at about 4.40pm today
Parry Lane was closed and remains closed in both directions between Neville Road and Bowling Back Lane. 



On attendance, it was found that part of the building had collapsed, causing two employees to be temporarily trapped.
The employees, two women aged 19 and 35, were taken to safety and treated for shock at the scene.
Search and Rescue dogs were deployed to the scene, as well as a structural engineer to assess the stability of the building.
A total of 40 people were led to safety from adjoining premises.
The cause of the explosion is still being investigated, but is not believed to be suspicious at this stage.
Fire crews are expected to remain at the scene overnight and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing

Monday, 17 November 2014

Firefighters release Two men after Car and Bus collide in Bradford

Fire crews from Odsal, Bradford and the Technical Rescue Unit from Cleckheaton responded to the incident around 10pm on Friday night (14th November). This was a road traffic collision where a Volkswagen Golf had crashed into the rear of a stationary First bus outside Low Moor Surgery on Huddersfield road.


Low Moor, Bradford
Teamwork of Fire, Ambulance and Police in action at the scene
The car driver and front seat passenger were both injured and trapped in the front of the car. The Fire Service had to remove the top of the Golf in order to extricate the 2 males.
There were passengers getting onto the bus when the collision occurred but none of the 15 passengers nor the driver were seriously injured.


Crews in attendance on Huddersfield Road Low Moor
When the men were released they were taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary by ambulance. The road was closed for a short time whilst fire crews made the scene safe and Police conducted investigations.



Monday, 27 October 2014

Parts of West Yorkshire FSHQ to be sold for housing development


West Yorkshire Fire And Rescue Service has applied for outline consent to demolish existing buildings and build 30 houses at their Birkenshaw headquarters.
The site earmarked for houses was once occupied by a communications centre and thirteen former houses which were used as offices until 2013.
Once planning consent is secured, the fire service will sell the land to house builders and use the money for improving fire stations.

The site earmarked for houses was once occupied by a communications center and 13 former houses which were used as offices until 2013.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Steve Beckley said: “West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority is in the process of redeveloping its estate as part of a major modernisation programme.
“A number of functions at the Birkenshaw headquarters are being relocated on the same site and elsewhere. Meanwhile, our Emergency Control Centre is also anticipated to move off-site to its new location in Leeds this autumn.
“This will leave a large plot of land at the site surplus to requirements which will be sold off to generate capital to fund other investment, such as new fire stations.
“A successful application for outline planning consent will increase the value of the land for prospective buyers, thereby ensuring more money is available for the Fire and Rescue Authority to reinvest.
“The outline application is for the demolition of existing buildings and up to 30 dwellings on site and will be subject to the usual consultation process through Kirklees Council Planning Department.
“Despite this application, the Fire Authority is not imposing any restrictions on future use of the land and will consider all approaches from potential buyers.”
The application is open to public comments at Kirklees Council until November 11, with a decision likely to be made by a planning committee, by mid-January.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Fireworks Extravaganza to be held at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters

 

Celebrate Fireworks safely at:

A Fireworks Extravaganza which is advertised to be held at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Birkenshaw. Attractions include:
Fireworks Display, Kids Rides, Food and Drink, Live Music.
Gates open at 6pm, the bonfire is lit at 7pm and the fireworks display is at 8pm, closing at 9.30pm.
On the gate Adults  £3, Children £2, Under 5's free.

                                                Even a sparkler can be dangerous




                                                Don't fool with Fireworks
                     


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Building Fire Shroggs Road, Halifax

Fire crews responded to the old Dorlux bed factory premises on Shroggs Rd. Halifax at 18:09 Hrs this evening. When first crews arrived the building was well alight and the incident made up  to 5 pumps and an aerial. The building which is mainly single storey and a derelict warehouse was 20% involved in fire.

Overall view of appliances and crew in the factory Yard


Police closed Shroggs road due to appliances and crews working in the road, with local buses also being diverted and a water relay from Ovenden road put in place. 

BA crews stand by in the factory yard at the control point

The fire was quickly knocked down and crews prevented a major part of the building becoming involved. In total 1 jet was used from a CARP, another 2 Large jets and Breathing apparatus.
Appliances from Halifax 2, Illingworth 1, Brighouse 1, Cleckheaton 1 and Idle 1 attended. Bradford CARP was also requested as an aerial to the incident.

View from above the fire from Pellon Lane, Damping down in progress

Saturday, 18 October 2014

WYFRS.. New Station at Valley Road, Shipley announced !

Shipley and Idle crews work together in January 2013 at Briggate in Shipley

A NEW fire station in the Bradford District will be built on a former housing site, it has been revealed. It will be at the junction of Valley Road and Shipley Fields Road, a site that used to be home to Incommunities housing prior to the demolition of the old maisonette flats on the site. 

The fire service has completed a land swap deal with the social housing provider Incommunities. The Valley Road site will replace the Shipley and Idle stations that will be closed down and is two miles north of the original proposed site on Canal Road.

Shipley Fire Station
The swap deal will see Bradford-based Incommunities build housing on the Shipley and Idle sites.

Bradford District commander Martin Speed said the announcement of the new site was exciting news. 
The fire service said the new station should be ready by the end of 2016. 


It will be crewed by full-time firefighters, 24/7, with one fire engine.
Idle Fire Station
Deputy chief fire officer Steve Beckley said: “We are very pleased to be working with Incommunities to deliver a state-of-the-art fire station and at the same time facilitate the provision of high quality social housing in the areas of most need.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Fire Stations at Rawdon and Otley are Saved


Fire crews tackle a building fire in Otley in 2009
The proposed closure of both fire stations in Otley and Rawdon have been scrapped.
The two stations were to have closed under plans to relocate to Menston - but West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been forced to think again after it struggled to find a suitable site.
Both stations were given a reprieve after the authority accepted a recommendation to abandon the Menston plan today.

Otley Fire Station

WYFRs pledged that the Otley and Rawdon stations would not only stay open but would now benefit from investment in the longer term.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Steve Beckley, said: "I’m sure that people who live in the locality of Otley and Rawdon will be pleased by this decision and we look forward to investing in these stations to ensure they remain fit for purpose for the future."


Rawdon Fire Station
Horsforth Councillor Chris Townsley, who is the leader of the Lib Dem Group on the WYFRA said: "This has taken some hard work over the last few years but I am glad that the Authority has been able to come up with a workable alternative, which will leave our stations where they are."

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Serious RTC on M62 Hartshead leaves two seriously injured

Scene of the collision on the M62 Westbound carriageway
At around 9:00pm last night Fire, Police and Ambulance attended a serious Road Traffic Collision on the westbound carriageway of the M62 between Junction 26 and the Hartshead moor services. The collision between three cars left a person trapped who had to be cut free by the fire service. Damage to two of the vehicles was severe.

Fire appliances from Odsal, Cleckheaton and Brighouse attended.

 A Vauxhall Zafira was driven eastbound along the westbound carriageway having exited the service station by the entry slip road. There was then a collision between it and an Audi A1 and a Ford Kuga which were travelling westbound.

One of the vehicles from the collision with crews in attendance
 The drivers of the Zafira (a 37 year old male from Bradford  and the Audi A1 (a 40 year old woman from the Holmfirth area) - were injured as a result of the collision and taken to Leeds General Infirmary by ambulance. A 29-year-old man from Ilkley, who was driving the Ford Kuga, was treated at the scene for slight injuries.
Both casualties in hospital are reported to be in stable conditions and are not thought to have suffered life threatening injuries. 
The carriageway was reopened at around 03:00am this morning 15th October

Police are appealing for anyone who may have information or saw the collision to contact them on the 101 number

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Large Fire in Listerhills area of Bradford

Fire crews from around the West Yorkshire area  responded this lunchtime as fire broke out in a unit on the Listerhill's Industrial Estate, Norcroft Street in Bradford. Fire broke out when a vehicle was reportedly being worked on in a garage which forms part of the estate. Large amounts of smoke enveloped the area and could be seen from around the city. 


View from Listerhills Road
 Ambulance crews also attended long with the Police who cordoned off the are and closed roads around the site for fire crews to obtain water from hydrants in the district.

Bradford CARP being used as a Water Tower

Cleckheaton crew wearing BA


Crews used the CARP appliance from Bradford as a water tower along with  6 large jets, 2 ground monitors and Breathing apparatus sets.
West Yorkshire Fire Service said the fire started in an industrial unit containing cars, on Norcroft Street off Thornton Road.
The unit is part of a larger complex measuring 70m x 50 m. Some smaller units may also be affected.
A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said there were no reports of any injuries.


Listerhills side of the Buildings
Police have cordoned off the area around Thornton Road and Listerhill's Road, with traffic causing congestion in the area.



Nick Smith, Senior Operations Manager for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said fire crews had surrounded the blaze by about 12.30pm. Crews remain in attendance damping down at the scene.

Appliances from Bradford, Fairweather Green, Idle, Stanningley, Mirfield, Rawdon, Elland, Gipton, Leeds, Odsal, Bingley and Castleford attended the scene.  

Link to report from the incident:  http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/news/large-fire-at-industrial-site-sends-smoke-billowing-over-bradford

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Update !! Woman dies after M606 collision.



Police said this morning that a driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at the scene of  yesterdays Road Traffic Collision on the M606. Two Heavy Goods Vehicles, a Renault Laguna and a Ford Fiesta were involved. 



Both carriageways were shut by police for more than two hours to allow the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to land and take off with the seriously injured casualty from the other car. None of the people have been named at this stage.


The Major Collision Enquiry Team would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, which happened just before junction three on the M606 northbound at around 2pm.
Detective Sergeant Carole Greaves said: "We are continuing enquiries into this incident yesterday evening and are appealing for anyone who witnessed what took place to contact us by using the 101 Police contact number".

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

M606 closed due to Serious RTC on the Northbound carriageway


Yorkshire Air ambulance at the scene of the Road Traffic Collision on the northbound carriageway of the M606. Crews were called at around 2:00pm to the collision between Junction 2 and Staithgate roundabout. Fire crews from Odsal and Cleckheaton attended the incident and released casualties. It is believed that four vehicles were involved and that at least one person was seriously injured.



Traffic was diverted Southbound by taking vehicles off and then back on again via junction 2, with all northbound traffic being taken off at Junction 2 and having to use Staithgate Lane to reach the ring road and Odsal.. The motorway remains closed northbound at present with the Southbound now fully re-opened.

The full circumstances of the incident are currently being investigated but the road is currently closed just before junction two on the Northbound carriageway. Resulting heavy traffic off the motorway whilst the diversions are in place. 

"Anyone who has information regarding this incident are asked to contact Bradford Police on 101."

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Man charged with Leeds Majestic Building Fire



Resulting from Tuesday nights fire which destroyed the domed roof of the 1921 grade II-listed building in City Square, Stuart James Jefferson appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court this morning (Thursday 02.10.2014) after being charged with arson at the Majestic building in Leeds on the night of the 30th September.
During the ten-minute hearing the 32-year-old, who gave his address as Broadlea Street in Bramley, Leeds, pleaded not guilty.
District Judge Roy Anderson gave him unconditional bail, but the prosecution then immediately appealed the decision. A crown court judge must now decide within 48 hours whether to grant Mr. Jefferson bail.The case will be dealt with at the Crown Court, where the first hearing is due to take place on October 16th.





Further traffic disruptions have taken place today as the remnants of the roof are made safe. Despite the extensive damage, it is believed the building itself is structurally sound and could be restored.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Major Leeds Blaze at Majestyk Nightclub City Square. Update Man Arrested !!!

Firefighters from across West Yorkshire were called to the scene of the fire at the two-storey building at the junction of Wellington Street and Quebec Street in City Square. The alarm was raised around 7.20pm. when plumes of grey smoke could be seen emitting from the roof of the building and from a first floor window facing out onto Wellington Street

Magestic, Majestyk, Leeds, Fire, Quebec Street
Quebec street looking from City Square
 West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service could not comment about the cause of the fire but it did confirm that the blaze had initially involved about ten per cent of the first floor of the building.

Early signs of fire spreading
Early signs of fire spreading

The initial fire was believed to have been under control but gradually worsened as time went on. The Initial attendance of 2 pumps Leeds and ALP with 2 pumps from Hunslet was soon made up to Ten Pumps and Three Aerial appliances.

Water tank being used
Water Tank being used

Water was obtained from hydrants around the City area along with supplies from a Water Tank situated under City Square.

Overall view of the roof now well alight
Overall view of the roof now well alight

From the time of the incident being reported , five hours later the roof was still alight with ground monitors and Aerial appliances being used.

Aerial Ladder Platform in use
Aerial Ladder Platform in use
The whole area around the building was closed off, allowing room for the extra fire engines. The highways in the immediate vicinity of the building were then closed and pedestrians moved from the close proximity of the fire by the Police.

Fire surrounded
Crews surround the fire using 3 Aerial appliances and Ground monitors

A 32-year-old man was arrested last night after witnesses reported seeing a man acting suspiciously in the area. He remains in custody at this time.
The fire was reported at about 7.20pm last night and police are appealing for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area in the time leading up to the fire to contact us.”
West Yorkshire Police say road closures and diversions remain in place around City Square and police officers are in the area to assist with management of the scene.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting log 1363 of September 30 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Trailers alight in yard, Shetcliffe Lane, Bradford.


Fire crews from Bradford and Odsal were called to the fire in a yard off Shetcliffe Lane at around 4:30pm today. This involved 2 trailers parked in a yard which were well alight on arrival.


Smoke from the fire could be seen around Bradford, it appeared to be a large scale fire from a distance.  Crews used 2 Large jets and 2 Breathing apparatus to extinguish the blaze.


Once sufficient water supplies were established the fire was quickly put out.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Building collapse in West Bowling, Bradford.

A Major response was made this afternoon to a house on Parkside road in the West Bowling area of Bradford.

Crews were alerted at 3.24pm today to reports of a collapsed floor in a terraced property on Parkside Road. A full emergency operation was made to the scene by all the emergency services.

Outside of the affected property on Parkside Road.

On arrival fire crews had to deal with casualties, a collapsed kitchen floor and also a gas leak within the inner terraced property. There were three adults and two children injured at the incident, with two of these casualties being taken to hospital by ambulance for check ups. Having spoken to residents a child's birthday party was underway at the time of the incident.


Casualty handling area set up

Fire crews used Positive Pressure Ventilation fans and Breathing apparatus after the property was cleared of casualties and the Gas board attended to turn off the gas supply to the property.

Fire Officers re enter the property to investigate

Parkside road was closed from Henley Road to Birch Lane for access of emergency services.

View of the scene with Gas board in attendance

Fire appliances and crews from Bradford, Odsal along with Cleckheaton Technical rescue units all attended the scene. A specialist DIM unit (http://www.romar.org.uk/page134.html ) attended.

An investigation into the collapse is now underway with Parkside Road reopened to traffic.