Inquiry launched into Leeds motor warehouse fire

The incident scene. PIC: Steve Riding
The incident scene. PIC: Steve Riding
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AN INVESTIGATION was under way today after a blaze at a car storage warehouse in Leeds.

Around 50 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the incident, which happened at the Kelvic Industrial Business Park, Burton Street, Beeston.

Crews were called to the business park shortly after 3.30am today (Dec 30) and spent the next two-and-a-half hours battling to bring the fire under control.

One large storage warehouse and eight smaller commercial units were involved in the blaze. Mark Hitchcock, incident commander for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said the buildings had been “badly damaged”.

He also said a brigade fire investigator was looking into the cause of the incident.

Police were notified about the fire and attended the scene.

Eight cars inside the warehouse were damaged in the blaze. Three acetylene cylinders that were close to the flames had to be cooled by firefighters but they did not explode.

A spokeswoman for the fire service also confirmed that no one had been injured during the incident. She added that there had been no knock-on effect from the fire to local roads and traffic flow.

Firefighters were expected to spend most of tomorrow (Dec 31) at the site damping down.

The buildings caught up in the fire collectively measure around 60 metres by 40 metres.

Power supplies to the warehouse and four or five other industrial units in the vicinity were temporarily cut off.

The incident is the latest in a series of fires at the business park.

Police launched an investigation in September after five cars at the site were found in flames.

And in June last year, a car garage and four more buildings were wrecked in another blaze.

There is no suggestion at this stage of a link between the previous fires and today’s events.

27 October 2017.
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