A massive fire that ripped through buildings on a Leeds industrial estate is being treated as arson, police confirmed today.
Detectives have also revealed that the Armley Road blaze caused damage estimated to be in the region of six to seven million pounds.
More than 100 firefighters were needed to stop the spread of the flames in the early hours of Easter Monday, April 21.
The blaze destroyed part of the Tradpak recycling firm’s premises and also affected neighbouring company Hazel Products.
Now police have issued an appeal for information after establishing that the fire was started deliberately.
Leeds District CID’s Det Insp Mark Swift said: “Tackling this large-scale fire and then making the site safe for investigation was a lengthy process which took some days to complete..
“The destruction caused by the fire together with the massive amount of water poured onto the scene presented some significant challenges to forensic investigations of the site.
“We worked closely with specialist fire investigators and established that the fire had been started deliberately and as such we are investigating this incident as arson.
“While thankfully no-one was injured, this incident has caused major disruption to local businesses and caused millions of pounds of damage. It is vital that we identify whoever was responsible.
“We are conducting extensive inquiries but would also like to hear from anyone who saw anyone in the vicinity in the time leading up to the fire or who has any information that could assist the investigation.”
Roads were sealed off and a nightclub evacuated during the blaze.
Pollution linked to the fire also killed hundreds of fish in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det Con Clive Newman at Leeds District CID on 0113 385 9392 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.