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Twenty homes evacuated near Pudsey industrial site fire

Scene of the fire Image copyright WYFRS Investigations
Image caption It took firefighters around two hours to bring the blaze under control

Twenty homes were evacuated overnight due to a major fire at an industrial site in Leeds.

At its height, 70 firefighters and officers were dealing with the blaze at Moulds Patterns and Models on Kent Road in Pudsey, which started at 22:00 GMT.

The firm makes bathroom suites, and some hazardous materials were believed to have been inside the premises.

The fire service said the roof of the building had collapsed and crews remained on site damping down.

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Nobody was injured in the blaze and all the residents have returned to their homes.

Incident commander Ronnie Goldwater said: "The fire is now out but it is still smouldering and there are pockets of hotspots which crews are damping down."

He said the fire service would work alongside a structural engineer to establish the future of the building and that crews were expected to remain on the scene for up to 48 hours.

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Image caption The building is understood to have been completely damaged

Water supplies in the area had been affected because of the amount needed by the crews to tackle the blaze.

People in the LS28 area are being warned their water may be temporarily discoloured as a result of the blaze, and Yorkshire Water has issued advice.

Nearby school Crawshaw Academy said it was closed for the day because it had no water and was expected to re-open on Thursday.

Road closures around the site have been removed but people are being urged to avoid the area because of sheet ice over the roads as a result of water used by the fire service.

Investigations are under way to establish the cause.

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