Man in court charged with arson following huge blaze at Leeds mill

Tong Road was closed after Sunday's fire
Tong Road was closed after Sunday's fire
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A man was due in court today charged with arson following a huge fire at a mill building in Leeds.

Luke Frost, aged 26, of Tong Road, Leeds, was set to appear at Leeds Crown Court following the blaze at Swallow Hill Mills, in Tong Road, Wortley, on Sunday.

At its height around 40 firefighters from across West Yorkshire were involved in dealing with the incident, which started at about 4am.

It was said to have reached temperatures of 900 degrees Celsius – so hot that steel beams melted, making the building structurally unsafe.

The two-storey former mill is owned by family-run company West Yorkshire Drawing Office Services (WYDOS) Ltd, which has operated at the site since 1972.

WYDOS office manager Paul Atkinson said ground floor offices were destroyed in the blaze.

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