Do you remember the fire in December 1975? PIC: YPN
Do you remember the fire in December 1975? PIC: YPN

Changing Leeds - The night Kirkgate Market was devastated by fire

It was the December night Leeds experienced one of its biggest ever disasters, when fire all-but destroyed Kirkgate Market.

By Andrew Hutchinson
Saturday, 14th December 2019, 6:38 am
Updated Saturday, 14th December 2019, 6:40 am

The cause of the blaze on Saturday, December 13, 1975, remains uncertain to this day - there were suggestions either of an electrical fault or an overturned paraffin lamp. Either way, the flames spread quickly through Europe’s largest covered market and some 150 stallholders fled for their lives. These photos from the YEP archive showcase the devastation and the aftermath of the blaze which could not kill the spirit of the market or its traders, many of whom were back on their feet within days. Determined not to be beaten, traders crammed into whatever space they could find in undamaged sections of the market, mainly on the Vicar Lane side. READ MORE: The Dark Arches in 19 photos | 20 photos of Vicar Lane through the years LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

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