Arson attack on mill Bradford - while Huddersfield fire crews were on strike

Firefighters spend night tackling Bradford blaze

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Firefighters battled an overnight blaze at a derelict West Yorkshire mill – but only after they returned to duty after strike action.

A blaze broke out at the disused premises in Chapel Street, Little Germany, Bradford, at 11.44pm last night (Thurs).

But firefighters were out on a one-hour stoppage so two support crews were initially sent to the scene.

The Fire Brigades Union is coming to the end of an eight-day period of industrial action with a two-hour stoppage between noon and 2pm and another walk out from 10.59pm to 11.59pm.

When regular crews returned to work, they were despatched to the scene. At its height there were eight fire engines and crews attended from Huddersfield, Brighouse, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton.

The five-story mill was previously home to Sunrise Radio. Neighbouring flats were evacuated as a precaution but no one was hurt.

Firefighters managed to restrict damage to the ground floor.

There were said to be “multiple” seats of fire and police are treating the blaze as arson.

Crews are expected to remain at the scene today (Fri) damping down.

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