Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford firefighters tackle second mill blaze

Mill fire in Bradford, 28/12/11
Image caption Bad weather hampered efforts to bring the blaze under control

Firefighters have tackled the second mill fire in Bradford in four days.

Crews were called at 02:00 GMT to a fire in a derelict mill in Factory Street, close to the city centre.

A West Yorkshire Fire Service spokesperson said up to 70 firefighters were needed to bring the blaze under control.

On Christmas Eve more than 50 firefighters tackled a blaze in a commercial building in Thornton Road, leading to road closures.

Commander Mick Smith, from West Yorkshire Fire Service, said bad weather had hampered efforts to bring the fire in Factory Street under control.

He said: "Our priority was to stop the fire spreading to neighbouring properties and due to the high winds it was touch and go for a while."

Mr Smith added that crews were expected to remain at the scene for at least another day.

Fire investigation officers will conduct separate inquiries into the cause of both incidents.

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