Fire rips through former Leeds school building UPDATED

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Six fire crews from across Leeds battled through the night to bring a blaze at a disused school building under control.

Firefighters were called to the inferno at Elmete Hall in Roundhay, just after 12.30am on Sunday. (May 21)

Around 50 per cent of the building was destroyed.

Fire crews from Moortown, Stanks, Leeds and Gipton attended the site on Elmete Lane and used an aerial ladder platform and specialist equipment to tackle the fire.

Police were also in attendance.

Crew commander Hails from Leeds fire station said: “We have been working from the aerial ladder platform and saw the roof had gone through in eight or nine places.”

Watch commander Chris Bates said: “Three crews, or 15 firefighters, have been working non-stop through Sunday morning.”

Coun Christine Macniven (Lab, Roundhay), said: “The fire was in an old, flat roof 60’s building that was part of the old school.

“It is absolutely ruined. It is a burned out shell.”

The two storey building is on the same site as the Elmete Hall mansion, which was untouched by the fire.

The mansion was originally home to the Kitson family.

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