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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Leeds Building fire within flooded area hampers crews.

The main problems were on Kirkstall Road, Leeds where a number of businesses were flooded, and around The Calls in the city centre. With water levels rising across West Yorkshire, by the time the River Aire burst its banks in the late afternoon, contingency plans had already been taken in Leeds.

Ten extra rescue boats had been summoned from other fire and rescue services, along with an additional 50 personnel to join the 50 already deployed by the West Yorkshire brigade.

ACO Walton, who oversaw rescue efforts, said: “It’s what I would describe as an extraordinary and unprecedented level of demand, the likes of which we have not seen for many years.”

This along with a building fire within the flooded areas of Kirkstall road causing problems due to difficult access. Five pumps attended the incident along with a Logistics support unit from Odsal.
The fire was in a vehicle workshop with 2 cars alight inside the building. All this unfolded as images were being taken of the flooded area around Kirkstall viaduct near Willow Road.

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Fire crews had to wear dry suits to access the incident due to the flood water. From over the road you could hear the crews trying to gain access to the buildings and check for the fire. Burglar alarms could be heard as each new property was accessed. Crews used 1 small jet and 1 Large jet to deal with the fire. Appliances from Leeds, Hunslet, Odsal, Huddersfield, Fairweather Green and Cookridge attended. 

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Smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the building, which took around 2 Hours to extinguish

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Many strange items passed by as the flooded river Aire collected various items along it's way. A three seater sofa, Wheelie bins, Garden sheds, rubbish sacks and finally three men in a boat. These were students floating by in an inflatable, bystanders cheered as the craft went passed. There was a strong smell of diesel fuel as the Shell petrol station had also been flooded.

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This image shows an overview of the location with the building 
(Volvo workshops) fire and the flooded are surrounding the scene.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Barge floats downstream with Firefighter on board during Elland Floods

Severe flooding has been caused in Elland with rescues being carried out by the Fire and Police services. The river Calder swept across into the Calder and Hebble canal which in turn flooded Park road in Elland trapping home owners as the flood waters increased in depth. A van was swept from a car park ending up in the middle of the fast running water. 


A fire crew from Cleckheaton attempted to secure a couple of barges that were on the canal and were coming loose from their moorings. One of the barges was occupied and during the process came loose from its moorings with a member of fire crew aboard.

Elland Barge RESCUE FF

Both barges flowed down stream and fire crews were able to secure the occupied barge lower down with the help of ropes.. The owner although spoken to by the fire service and Police decided to stay put on board and not leave his half stricken vessel. 

Elland Barge RESCUE

At the Lower end of Park road at Elland Bridge fire crews maintained a presence and 2 rescue boats were brought in to assist in the rescues. Some occupiers wished to remain in there homes, and refused rescue. 

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Crowds of people watched from Elland Bridge as the water continued to deluge across the area. Many people could not believe the damage that it has caused, Car parks and businesses were also flooded out but and beyond saving.

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Water levels are reducing at present around the Elland area but with still more rain forecast along with high winds this could be only a temporary time of reprieve for the areas affected today.

Video from the Boat Rescue

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Picture special as flooding hits Yorkshire Calder valley

Friday, 4 December 2015

Latest !! Arson Suspected after Male rescued from fire in Bradford former Nightclub

The Incident has been confirmed,  after fire investigations,  that the fire was started through deliberate ignition at the site,  after fire crews were called just before 05:30 hrs this morning (04/12/2015) to a report of smoke and a possible building fire at the old Mode Nightclub at the bottom of Great Horton road, to the rear of the Alhambra Theater in Morley Street., Bradford.

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Front of the Mode Nightclub
This incident was made up to 8 Pumps as persons had been reported inside the smoke logged property. Crews entered the building using Breathing apparatus sets and Hosereels to search the property for any persons that might be inside. 

Area where the male was located at the rear of the property
One male was located in the property who had been sleeping rough inside. The man was led to safety by fire crews and did not require any medical attention.

Mode 1 Morley street BA crews

This image shows a Breathing apparatus crew with a Hosereel and thermal image camera preparing to enter the building through a side entrance on the ground floor. All persons have now been accounted for and the incident scaled down.

The building was a mixture of floor levels ranging from 1 to 4 floors and crews had to force entry on various levels to check for the seat of fire. Crews used a total of 1 Large jet, 2 Hosereel jets, 20 Breathing apparatus and Positive Pressure Ventilation fans.

Appliances from Bradford (2), Odsal (1) Fairweather Green(1 and Command Unit), Idle (1), Shipley (1), Cleckheaton (1), Stanningley (1 and Hoselayer), Illingworth (1), Cookridge (1 and welfare Unit), Rawdon(1), Pontefract (1) and Castleford (1) attended.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Two taken to Hospital after Bradford High Rise Flat Fire

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This was the scene during the early hours of this morning in Otley road, Bradford. Fire crews had been alerted at around 04:00 am today to a flat fire on the 4th floor of Underwood House, a block of high rise flats in the city.

A fire was discovered in the bedroom of the flat and extinguished by crews using 2 Breathing apparatus, 1 Hosereel jet and Positive Pressure Ventilation Fans. There was smoke which entered other flats and 3 female casualties had to be treated for smoke inhalation. 

Yorkshire ambulance service crews also attended to deal with 2 of the casualties who were later taken to hospital for precautionary check ups.

Four pumps attended from Bradford (2), Idle (1) and Odsal (1) stations,  along with the Aerial appliance from Leeds. 

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Ten Pumps Attend Building Fire, Squire Lane, Bradford

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Fire crews were alerted just before 8:00 pm to the fire by ambulance crews who reported flames could be seen from the building in Squire lane near its junction with Duckworth Lane. 

The building, on Squire Lane  was formerly a feeder primary school for the grammar school, but  is now in the hands of a developer who is in the process of converting the building into housing.

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The building described as having 3 floors and a basement was well alight when the first crews arrived from Bradford. The Police were at the scene controlling the traffic and Squire lane was eventually closed. Duckworth lane was closed to traffic and diversions put in place.

The fire was brought under control quickly with crews from 10 pumps and supporting appliances using 7 Large jets and numerous breathing apparatus sets. 

Flames did not spread to any part of the grammar school.

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Appliances from Bradford (2), Fairweather Green (Pump Command Unit and Welfare Unit), Rawdon (1), Bingley (1), Odsal (1), Idle (1), Shipley (1), Illingworth (1) and Cleckheaton (1) attended with support crews from Mirfield, Pontefract (Pump and Command Unit), Dewsbury (1), 
Cookridge (1) and Stanningley( Hose Layer) . Specialist officers also attended.

Damping down is continuing at the site

More Fire Station closures for West Yorkshire

Cookridge Fire Station

Cookridge fire station is earmarked to shut along with the station at Moortown, to be replaced by a single base that has yet to be built in Weetwood.

The closures are part of an overhaul of fire service provision in Leeds, which includes several station closures and the loss of a number of fire appliances.

Paul Drinkwater, a firefighter of 22 years based at Moortown and West Yorkshire Fire Brigades Union chairman, has started a ‘Save Moortown Fire Station’ campaign on Facebook which has won support from nearly 800 people so far. He said: “If we reduce the provision and increase the length of time to get to incidents, inevitably it will lead to more fire deaths.

Deputy chief fire officer Steve Beckley said the planned cuts were a result of reductions in government funding and a significant fall in the number of deaths and injuries in fires.

He said they will eventually result in the closure of 16 stations and the construction of eight new stations “to provide optimum emergency cover, focusing on areas of highest risk”.

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Mr Beckley said: “In the last 12 months new fire stations have opened in South Kirby, Rastrick, Rothwell, Dewsbury and Killingbeck, with more planned for Ossett, Shipley and finally, Weetwood. 

Negotiations have been under way for some time with a land owner to procure a suitable site in Weetwood and we hope to commence construction of the new fire station in the next 12 to 18 months.”

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Fire service in West and South Yorkshire could be merged to save money.

Plans to combine the Brigade areas have been put forward as one of a range of options.

South Yorkshire Fire Authority say the proposal may be “the best option” but its West Yorkshire counterpart say the 
plans have not gone beyond an “initial scoping” stage.

The two Brigades have cut about £20m from their combined budgets since 2011.

Judith Hughes, West Yorkshire Fire Authority chairman, said: “Until we know what’s happening with devolution there’s 
nothing on the table.”

The option of a South and West Yorkshire merger appears to have sprung from government proposals for police and crime 
commissioners to take on responsibility for fire services. Those proposals have been met with a very mixed response, 
including concerns funding would end up focused on policing.

A merger of the two brigades is seen as a potentially more palatable outcome but SYFA chairman Jim Andrews stressed no 
formal policy had been adopted and consideration was at an early stage.

He said: “We are having to look at everything, looking at all the options in front of us.

“We may even have to look at going in with the police though I honestly think that’s a step too far.”

Joint control room systems already operate between the two brigade areas.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Arson investigation into Prospect Mills fire Thornton Road, Bradford.

Fire crews were alerted to the mill fire at around 3 pm on Thursday 19th November . On arrival of the first crews from Fairweather Green and Bradford the Mill was alight on all floors. The Incident was made up to 6 pumps and 2 aerials the main Thornton road needing to be closed to traffic.

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Police attended and closed surrounding areas as the fire was dealt with. Some of the top wall of the building had collapsed into Thornton road as the unoccupied building fire raged.  Local people watched the fire which quickly ripped through the building known as Prospect Mills. The  mill which had been empty for years was built in 1855

The mill had been involved in fire before including an arson attack in 2011 in another section of the mill. The road will be closed until at least tomorrow with buses being diverted.

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Structural engineers will have to check the property to check the integrity of the structure, but all the floors and roof have been completely burnt away.

Prospect Mills Thornton Road Bradford 1Fire crews used 2 Aerial appliances and 6 jets. There were also concerns in relation to asbestos in the smoke, all crews tackling the fire in smoke were warned to wear face masks. Some nearby residents were evacuated from properties alongside of the incident.

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Update : Fire investigators and the Police are now treating the fire as Malicious ignition and are asking for anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around Prospect mills on Thursday afternoon to come forward. The mill has now been demolished due to the buildings unstable condition resulting from the fire. 

 Appliances attended from Bradford (2), Fairweather Green (1), Shipley (1), Illingworth (1), Odsal (1). Bingley (1), Rawdon (1), Idle (1), Morley, Stanningley (1 and Hoselayer) Fairweather Green ( Command Unit and Welfare Unit) and Halifax  (Carp ).

Monday, 9 November 2015

Latest!!! Man arrested after Arson attack at Mirfield Home

A Mirfield house has been completely gutted following a fire yesterday evening (Sunday 08/11/2015). It has since been announced that the fire is being treat as arson and confirm that the property was empty at the time of the fire.

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Fire crews were called to the scene at around 6:00 pm yesterday with appliances from Mirfield (1), Dewsbury (1), Raistrick (1), Cleckheaton (1) and the CARP from Huddersfield attending the address in West Royd Park off Knowle Road, Mirfield.

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “When we arrived, it was well alight, it had broken through the roof and the property became 100 per cent involved. “The house has been completely gutted.”

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Firefighters used an aerial platform and three large jets to tackle the blaze and cleared the scene by 10 pm.

A 41 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson at the address on West Royd Park on Sunday evening.  The man has not been named at this time but Det Insp Ian Thornes of Kirklees CID said: “A 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this incident.”

Friday, 6 November 2015

Large Fire forces road closures in Leeds City Centre

Kirkgate in Leeds remains closed as damping down continues and Police and fire investigators examine the scene for the cause of yesterday afternoons fire,  which brought mayhem to the City centre throughout the evening rush hour and early evening. There were some doubts as to the structures safety after the fire and this is also being examined.

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The fire is believed to have started at around 4.30pm yesterday (06/11/2015), shortly after the shop Hill’s Furniture Store on Kirkgate, Leeds, closed for the day. No-one is thought to have been inside, but the building is said to be “at risk of collapse”.

The blaze caused Friday evening rush hour traffic chaos, with Kirkgate being closed between High Court and Vicar Lane. Fire crews from stations across the brigade area were mobilised to the scene. as the incident progressed further crews were requested including a Hose Laying appliance from Stanningley. In total West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said around 35 firefighters and eight pumps had been dispatched to the fire at Hill’s Furniture Store on Kirkgate, Leeds, close to the Corn Exchange.

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Hundreds of onlookers have gathered at the scene and are being moved clear by the emergency services. West Yorkshire Police said it had officers in attendance at the incident helping with cordons and road closures.

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Fire crews used 6 Large jet's, 3 Aerial appliances, Ground Monitors, Breathing Apparatus and Positive Pressure Ventilation Fans. The rear part of the 3 storey premise appeared to have been worst affected in the fire. Fire crews from Leeds (2 and Aerial), Cookridge (1), Moortown (1), Hunslet (2), Rothwell (1), Morley (1), Rawdon (1),  Bradford (CARP), Fairweather Green (CU / Welfare Unit ), Stanningley (HL).

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The Hill’s store was founded in 1946. Its website says the shop provides a “good, honest and friendly service” and stocks “modern and traditional” items to suit all tastes. Roads in the area remain closed and fire crews continue damping down at the scene.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Building fire at Disused Edwards Rainbow Centre in Holme Wood, Bradford

Copgrove Road, Holme Wood, Bradford,Building, Fire Pump and ALP

Fire Crews were called at around 3:45 hrs this afternoon to the derelict building on Copgrove Road, Holme Wood, Bradford. A section of the roof had been involved and crews had entered the property in Breathing apparatus and used a jet to contain the fire. An aerial appliance was also requested to tackle the roof fire and assist in the damping down operation from outside the property. Three pumping appliances and the Aerial appliance from Leeds were used. There wasn't much to see but a few bystanders stopped to watch the fire crews at work. Local buses were diverted whilst the incident was dealt with.
Appliances from Bradford, Odsal, Stanningley and the Leeds ALP attended the incident.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Dramatic river rescue which ended in tragedy in Dewsbury.

Fire crews at the scene ( Image Ash Milnes )
Emergency services and the police helicopter were mobilised at around 9 pm last night to a dramatic river rescue which ended in tragedy.

Police, fire, ambulance and paramedics were called out at 8pm last night after a man was spotted in the Calder River in Ravensthorpe.

Five fire crews, including firefighters from Rothwell,  Rastrick, Mirfield and Leeds, attended the scene and water-rescue trained officers scoured the banks in the darkness above and below the Calder Road bridge where the man was thought to have entered the water.

Using searchlights and thermal imaging equipment, the police helicopter alerted the teams to what was believed to be a person in the water.

An inflatable rescue sled was launched with swift water-trained fire officers and an ambulance heart team.

No one could be found and following a further call from the eyewitness, all the officers were redeployed several hundred yards upstream, along with a second inflatable.

The police helicopter’s sophisticated heat-seeking equipment then picked up signs of a person and a man was plucked out of the water by fire crews and paramedics searching along the river banks.

The casualty, a man aged about 60, was unconscious and was given CPR at the scene, near Ravensthorpe Industrial Estate in Lock Way.

He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield where he later died.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Scrap Metal Recycling plant fire in Cross Green Leeds

Leeds and Hunslet fire crews were called to the fire at Knowsthorpe Way, Cross Green, Leeds at 12:45hrs today. The fire was visible for miles around Leeds due to the large amount of smoke given off. Appliances were backed up by further appliances from Killingbeck to make this a five pump fire.

The area involved, 20m x 20m was surrounded by fire crews using 3 ground monitors and 2 Hand held jets. 

A mechanical grabber was used to move away metal waste around the site for access and enable firefighters to access the fire.

Knowsthorpe way has since been closed whilst crews deal with the incident which is likely to be a protracted job due to its nature.

As this incident was a MP x 5 the Brigades new Command Unit Lite attended the incident. This unit is based at Fairweather Green fire station in the Bradford District.

Appliances attended from Hunslet(2), Leeds (1), Killingbeck (2) and Command Unit and Welfare Unit from Fairweather Green.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Vacant Building Fire on Armley Road in Leeds

This was the scene on Armley Road in Leeds this afternoon as fire crews from Leeds (2), Stanningley and Hunslet dealt with a vacant building fire. The call was received at around 3.45pm  when smoke could be seen rising from the vents on the roof of the property. Once water supplies were established the fire was quickly brought under control. Crews used 2 Large jets and 2 Breathing apparatus sets along with Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) fans. The outward bound carriageway from Leeds towards Stanningley was closed for a while by the Police while the incident was dealt with. The road has since been re opened.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Latest !! Female arrested after one person killed in Road Collision in Holmfirth

Fire, Ambulance and Police were called to a collision on Greenfield Road near Holmfirth late this afternoon. The initial calls were of  a camper van and four other vehicles being involved leaving people trapped in the wreckage. 

This proved to be a Camper van a VW Polo car and an Audi. The person who died was in the VW Polo, this had left the road as a result of the crash. Fire crews from Huddersfield, Slaithwaite and Cleckheaton including the Major rescue Unit were sent to the scene. 

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Two air ambulances were also sent along with numerous road ambulances and the police. The trapped casualty was in the camper van and was released by fire crews.

The road remains closed as police investigate the scene. The incident happened at at around 4.45pm and it has been confirmed by the police that a fatality has been involved.

Reports are that an 18 year old female has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation

Friday, 25 September 2015

Foam used at Industrial Bakery Fire in Bradford

Fire crews attended the fire at Bright Blue Foods (Yorkshire Cottage Bakery) at around 3pm today. The bakery on Menstone Street off City Road in Bradford had been evacuated when crews arrived at the scene. The incident involved a large industrial oven inside the premises.

Fire crews used a Foam branch, extinguishers and 8 Breathing apparatus to deal with the incident. The fire was quickly extinguished. Crews from Fairweather Green, Bradford, Odsal, Shipley and the Foam making unit from Hunslet along with a support pump from Hunslet and Stanningley. attended. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Bradford fire crews cut free trapped driver on Halifax Road, Bradford

Fire, Police and Ambulance were called to the scene of the Road Traffic Collision on Halifax road, Bradford at around 16:30hrs today (12/08/2015). The smash happened near to the junction with Prospect street and involved 2 vehicles a Ford KA and a Nissan Qashqui. Onlookers were stood in the Tesco car park as the incident unfolded. The road was closed and traffic diverted through the Woodside housing estate along Fenwick Drive.

RTC, Halifax Road, Buttershaw, Bradford,Tescos.

An occupant of the white Qashqai had to be removed after being medically trapped in the vehicle. Firefighters removed the roof whilst ambulance crews dealt with the casualty. Once the roof had been removed and under paramedics instruction the casualty was removed from the vehicle on a backboard. and then to an awaiting ambulance.

RTC, Halifax Road, Buttershaw, Bradford,Tescos.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the collision and can be contacted on 101.