Video: Investigation after huge blaze rips through Leeds sauna

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The cause of a massive blaze which destroyed a sauna in the early hours of yesterday (October 18) morning is under investigation.

At its height ten fire engines from across West Yorkshire attended the fire at the Steam Complex sauna in Eyres Avenue, Armley.

Three neighbouring properties were evacuated and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service advised all local residents to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed.

Structural engineers were called to the scene, after the roof collapsed and walls became unstable.

Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from the roof of the building. They were commended for preventing the fire spreading to a bingo hall on the other side.

Incident commander Nick Smith said: “Firefighters worked in very difficult conditions to tackle the fire when they arrived. Their quick actions managed to save the bingo hall from damage.

Firefighters dampen down blaze at the New Western Bingo Hall and Sauna in Armley. Picture: Tony Johnson

Firefighters dampen down blaze at the New Western Bingo Hall and Sauna in Armley. Picture: Tony Johnson

“The structural engineer is working with the building’s insurers to discuss the next steps.

“The half which which has been destroyed by fire, will most likely be demolished I imagine.”

The blaze broke out in the roof space of the sauna complex, around 3am.

It resulted in the closure of Stanningley Road westbound early yesterday. Most of the cordon had been removed by midday apart from the end of Theaker Lane and Eyres Mill Terrace.

PIC: Chris Hollings

PIC: Chris Hollings

A notice on Steam Complex’s website said: “Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control Steam Complex is no longer open. We would like to thank all our members for your fantastic support over the last nine years.”

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