A couple and their baby had to be evacuated from their home after a blaze broke out in a derelict mill next door.

Firefighters were called to tackle the blaze in a derelict three-storey mill in Milnsbridge early today.

Five fire engines from Huddersfield, Meltham, Slaithwaite and Rastrick were called to Dowker Street at just after 7.30am.

Crews arrived to find the brick building well alight. Smoke could be seen billowing for miles around.

The couple, believed to be in their 30s, fled their home which adjoins the boarded-up brick-built mill premises.

Fire crews used an aerial platform to fight the flames.

It is believed the interior of the mill was gutted and inspectors from Kirklees Council will visit the site to decide whether it needs to be demolished.

UPDATE: Demolition crews move in to flatten blaze-hit Milnsbridge mill

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Local residents say the mill has been a repeated target for youths lighting fires inside.

It is thought boards at the back of the building had been ripped off so intruders could get inside.

Police are investigating how the fire started.

A blaze gutted a derelict former mill building in Dowker Street, Milnsbridge
A blaze gutted a derelict former mill building in Dowker Street, Milnsbridge

Firefighters are expected to stay at the scene until late this afternoon damping down to prevent the fire re-igniting.

The blaze was near the scene of another major fire in Dowker Street in August 2011.

Back then the derelict former Taylor Valves factory went up in flames and nearby residents had to be evacuated.

Fire video credit: Dane Langford