Featherstone: Residents evacuated after depot blaze

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RESIDENTS were evacuated from part of a West Yorkshire town as fire crews fought to contain a blaze involving acetylene cylinders at a transport depot.

The alarm was raised at 5.17pm last night (Thursday) when fire broke out in a building at Welburn Transport at Ackton, near Featherstone.

About 100 houses were evacuated and police sealed off the area as crews from Featherstone, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley tackled the incident in Church Lane.

West Yorkshire fire service said two men suffered minor injuries.

The fire service said two adjacent residential properties had been saved.

At its height more than 30 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze.

“Firefighters fought the fire and cooled the acetylene cylinders on the site to prevent them exploding,” said a spokeswoman. “Local residents have been evacuated from their homes, and firefighters are staying there for 24 hours.”

Fire service specialists and police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Police closed the B6134 Ackton Lane in both directions between the Fairfax Avenue junction and the B6421 Willow Lane junction because of the fire.

Police said: “Two men were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Public safety is a priority and local residents have been evacuated from their homes.”

Residents were found alternative accomodation for the night.

“Drivers are advised to avoid the area for 24 hours,” police said.

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