Leeds & West Yorkshire

North Featherstone blast depot residents back home

Hundreds of people who were forced out of their homes after explosions at a West Yorkshire transport depot were allowed back on Friday night.

Sixty-two properties had been evacuated after a blaze at Welburn Transport in Church Lane, Featherstone, Pontefract, at about 1700 BST on Thursday.

All but one property was declared safe to return to by emergency services.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is being conducted.

Thirty firefighters tackled the blaze and saved two nearby homes from setting alight.

An exclusion zone around the area was lifted and roads reopened.

Some residents living close to the depot were warned not to go into their back gardens for fear of potential flying debris at the smouldering site.

Two men suffered minor injuries when acetylene gas cylinders exploded on Thursday evening.

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said officials were working with police to establish the cause of the fire.

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