Landmark saved from fire threat

A new development was extensively damaged in a fire at Fountain Street, Morley.''Picture: West Yorkshire Police: Leeds Outer South

A new development was extensively damaged in a fire at Fountain Street, Morley.''Picture: West Yorkshire Police: Leeds Outer South

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A CENTURY-old former theatre in Morley was saved by firefighters who battled to stop a large fire that had struck up in a neighbouring development spreading.

The four-storey new build next door to the New Pavilion building in Fountain Street was completely destroyed in the blaze, which broke out at around 3.40am on Saturday.

A new development next door to the New Pavilion buidling in Morley was extensively damaged in a fire..''''Picture: West Yorkshire Police: Leeds Outer South

A new development next door to the New Pavilion buidling in Morley was extensively damaged in a fire..''''Picture: West Yorkshire Police: Leeds Outer South

Watch Commander Lee Stone, of Morley Fire Station, said the entire building was engulfed when crews reached the scene.

“When we got there it was fully involved, it was through the roof,” he said. “Because of the proximity to the road and to the neighbouring buildings, our priority was to stop it spreading, and we were successful in doing that.”

The landmark New Pavilion was built in 1911 and has been used as a theatre, cinema and bingo hall. In 1990 it was converted into the After Dark nightclub and later became Puccino’s Restaurant.

The development next to it was so extensively damaged it will now be demolished, Leeds Outer South Neighbourhood Policing Team said.

A building to the back of the development was also damaged, but firefighters were able to stop the spread of the blaze further.

Firefighters from Morley, Hunslet, Leeds, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury and aerial appliances from Leeds and Bradford stations were used. An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.

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