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Fire at Bradford industrial site extinguished

Fire in Norcroft Street, Bradford Image copyright Neil Turner
Image caption Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles rising from Norcroft Street in the city centre

Firefighters have put out a blaze at an industrial site in Bradford after four hours battling it.

Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles rising from Norcroft Street in the Listerhills area of the city.

West Yorkshire Fire Service said it sent eight fire engines and 70 firefighters to the building, which contained cars and gas cylinders.

The fire had been at risk of spreading to other buildings, a spokeswoman said.

A number of neighbouring business premises were evacuated by the fire service, with 30 people taken to safety while nearby Thornton Road and Listerhills Road were closed.

Martin Speed, district commander for Bradford, said: "The fire was discovered by mechanics working within the garage who then raised the alarm.

"Before the fire service's arrival they attempted to put the fire out using handheld extinguishers but were unable to do so. Fortunately no-one was hurt.

"On our arrival workers were also attempting to remove vehicles away from the site, however, a handful of cars have been destroyed by fire."

The gas cylinders were found and cooled by the fire service and did not explode, the spokeswoman added.

The fire service was called to the site shortly before 11:30 BST.

A full investigation into the cause will be carried out in due course, but the fire is not thought to be suspicious.

Image copyright Irfan Bostan
Image caption The fire was at risk of spreading to other buildings, the fire service said
Image copyright West Yorkshire Fire Service
Image caption A full investigation into the cause will be carried out in due course, but the fire is not thought to be suspicious.

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