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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Damping down continues after Bradford Mill Blaze

Fire crews are still in attendance today (Tuesday) damping down with a section of Mill lane closed to traffic as operations continue. One appliance from Bradford station remained today using a ground monitor jet.




An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire on Saturday Morning (23rd August) but as yet no cause has been fully established.



The upper three floors of the building were disused but the ground floor contained two businesses, Realize Concept Interior Ltd and H20 Auto Tint and Valet Center. Most of the roof collapsed in the blaze. 


The roof of the building has collapsed and one end of the buildings wall is to be checked by Building Inspectors to check the structural stability of the mill.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Large fire destroys Mill in Bradford



Front of the building in Mill Lane well alight

Fire crews from across the Brigade Area were in action this morning (Saturday 23rd August)as a fire took hold of Ivy Mills, on Mill Lane, Bradford


 

Crews were alerted at 07:50hrs and responded initially from Bradford and Odsal stations .
On arrival the building which was well alight required more resources and the Incident was made up to a MP x 10 attendance with 2 Aerial appliances.




Onlookers watched as the fire developed, surrounding roads were closed to allow water to be brought to the incident from Manchester Road and Bolling Road.  


Loud bangs could be heard as chemicals stored in the building and parts of the building collapsed internally with roof tiles falling to the ground


Command Unit in Nelson Street Ivy Mills in View
In total 11 large jets were used during the defensive firefighting tactical mode. The building was unsafe for crews to enter.
Jim Butters, Area manager at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: "It was just impossible to get to the fire inside and it spread across three floors of the building."
 

CARP in use as a water tower
Aerial appliance attended from Leeds and Bradford CARP was also used. A fire investigation has already been started to establish the cause of the fire.
Representatives from Bradford Council's building control department will visit the site on Tuesday to assess the future of the building.
It was hoped Nelson Street will be re-opened to traffic later today (Sunday)

 


ACO Walton attended the incident as a senior advisor to other officers in attendance. The three storey mill was approx 80m x 30m and operations were sectorised.


Access to the rear of the building via the scrap yard
Impressive number of Large jets in use at the front of the building

Crews used an entrance from Ludlam Street to access the Manchester road side of the fire with a CARP and Ground Monitor being used.

Appliances from Bradford, Odsal, Fairweather Green, Idle, Shipley, Bingley, Rawdon, Halifax, Leeds, Brighouse, Elland, Cleckheaton, Batley attended.

Video link to ITV Video clips of the scene:
http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/story/2014-08-23/firefighters-tackle-massive-mill-fire-in-bradford/ 





Fairweather Green Pump 'Ray Banyard' in attendance

Damping down in progress
Gillian Krywycz, senior rental sales manager at Europcar, on Nelson Street, which faces onto the mill said: "It's awful.
"The building has been on fire five or six times in ten years, but I've never, ever seen it this bad.