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Denholme factory fire: Crews tackle processing plant blaze

Factory in Denholme
Image caption Smoke was seen billowing from the factory near Denholme

About 40 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a factory.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the fire at Omega Proteins Ltd at about 08:00 BST.

No-one was hurt but the service said about three-quarters of the processing plan in Half Acre Road, near Denholme in West Yorkshire, had been on fire.

Crews from 12 fire stations across West Yorkshire fought the blaze near the village, about eight miles (12km) from Bradford. The fire is now out.

The factory building covers about 60,000 sq ft (5,600 sq m), the fire service said.

James Hudson, a station manager for the fire station, said the "challenge was getting water to the incident about half a mile down the hill".

Large diameter hoses were used to get water from the top of a hill to the factory, he said.

It is an animal by-product processing site creating oils for use in biofuels and power generation, according to the website of factory owners Leo Group.

The firm said no-one was currently available for comment.

Image caption Several roads have been closed off

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