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Fire crews could be at the scene of a blaze at an industrial estate in Leeds for the next two days.

Emergency services were called to Moulds Patterns and Models on Kent Road in Pudsey shortly before 10pm yesterday. (Feb 6)

PIC: Tony Johnson

PIC: Tony Johnson

A total of 70 firefighters and officers were in attendance at the height of the incident.

Seven fire engines remained at the scene this morning as damping down continued at the badly damaged building.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said the blaze had been brought under control within two hours, with crews able to stop it spreading to adjoining commercial buildings.

The brigade today also confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.

People who were evacuated from nearby residential properties as a safety precaution have now been allowed to return to their homes.

A fire investigation officer is due to visit the scene of the fire today.

The brigade’s incident commander, Ronnie Goldwater, said: “Crews have done very well to prevent the fire from spreading, especially given that they were working in freezing temperatures through the night.

“The fire is now out but it is still smouldering and there are pockets of hotspots which crews are damping down.

“Firefighters tackled the fire from outside the building as it was unsafe to enter and the roof has now collapsed in.

“The fire service will be working alongside a structural engineer today to ascertain the future of the building and it is likely that crews will remain on scene for at least the next 24 to 48 hours.

“Whilst the roads are now open again we urge people to avoid the area to help the fire service deal with this incident.”

The single-storey building, which measured around 60 metres by 40 metres, was well alight when fire crews arrived last night.

Yorkshire Water has said it will be distributing bottled water to residents after supplies in the area were affected by the firefighting operation.

Crawshaw Academy, on Robin Lane, is closed today after being left without water but is expected to be open as normal tomorrow. (Feb 8)