Six people injured in West Yorkshire factory explosion

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SIX people have been injured, one seriously, in an explosion at a West Yorkshire factory today.

Contractors were decommissioning a fuel tank at Fox’s biscuit factory in Batley when the blast happened at around 10.45am.

One man had to be brought out by firefighters.

He was taken to Pinderfield Hospital in Wakefield suffering burns.

Five other contractors were described by West Yorkshire Fire Service as “walking wounded.” They were treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to Dewsbury District Hospital.

Officials from the Government’s Health and Safety Executive are investigating, as are fire service officials.

The factory faced closure last year but instead parent company Northern Foods invested £27m at the site to retain the factory.

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