More than 50 West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue fire fighters from across the country attended a major blaze on Huddersfield Road in Mirfield on Saturday evening.
The fire was at a car dealership near Stocks Bank Road and sparked at around 8.30pm.
The crews were called to the garage premises of Mirfield Prestige and West Riding Jaguar, next to Kenmore Caravans. with up to nine fire engines and emergency vehicles attended the scene.
Thankfully, no-one has been injured in the blaze, although many vehicles at the dealership forecourt have been badly damaged.
Witnesses told the Examiner that it was believed the fire started on the forecourt, possibly in one of the motorhomes parked there.
Residents raised the alarm after hearing explosion noises, thought to be gas bottles.
The road remains closed between Stocks Banks Road and the Three Nuns junction.
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Resident speaks of seeing the flames
Samantha Wood who lives opposite the site said her daughter first alerted her to the blaze last night.
She said: “It was about 8.30pm and a friend was dropping my 18-year-old daughter, Katie Evans off.
“Katie said ‘there’s some smoke’ over there but at first I just thought it was someone burning some rubbish. But five minutes later there was a flash and we knew something was happening.”
Jaguar owner says business not affected too badly
David Bye, managing director of West Riding Jaguar, one of two car companies, based at the site, has spoken to us. He said: “Luckily the fire was in the opposite end of the building and has not affected our business too much apart from some smoke damage.
“I got a phone call from a friend of my wife’s and we managed to move about 30 cars off the forecourt so that took a lot of the danger away and the firefighters were able to contain it to the other part of the building.
“It is Prestige Motors who share the site with us which has had some vehicles destroyed. A caravan, two motor homes and half-a-dozen cars including a couple of BMWs.
“No-one knows at the moment how it started but the main thing is that no-one was hurt.”
The scene this afternoon
Here is the latest story on the fire last night - fire investigators are currently probing the blaze to see if there are any suspicious circumstances. This is everything we know so far.
Aftermath of the fire
Our photographer has been down to the scene this morning where fire fighters are dampening everything down.
These shocking pictures show the level of destruction caused to the vehicles.
VIDEO: Residents at the scene
Here is some video taken at the scene by resident David Smith.
Huddersfield Road has re-opened
Good news: The stretch of closed road has now re-opened!
The road was closed for one mile between Stocks Bank Road an the junction by the Miller Carter steakhouse.
Fire fighter says road will remain closed this morning
Dewsbury Watch Commander Andy Thornton was at the scene last night.
He said: “A fire investigator is trying to find the cause of this blaze. Nine fire engines and one aerial appliance attended the incident. We had to close Huddersfield Road and today (Sun) that will still be ongoing with relief crews.
“Crews managed to prevent the fire spreading to the left hand side of the building. Access was difficult, it was a very tricky operation.
“Around 50 fire fighters were involved in tackling the fire and will continue damping down today.”
Update from the fire service
Here is the information West Yorkshire Fire have given on who attended the fire last night:
“A caravan and car became involved in fire which spread to building and four vehicles and caravans.
“Incident needed nine pumps and one aerial also utilised.
“Crews used seven large jets, four breathing apparatus and three hose reels.
“Appliances attended from Mirfield, Rastrick, Cleckheaton, Huddersfield, Ossett, Dewsbury and Odsal.
“Other specialist appliances and officers attended from around the county.”
On local fire fighter has tweeted this shocking picture of the blaze at the dealership:
Fire in Mirfield
Morning, all. A major fire in Mirfield last night got everyone talking on social media.
Crews from Rastrick were first alerted at 8.25pm and other fire fighters from across West Yorkshire came to join them.
The blaze is now under control and fire fighters are at the scene this morning dampening everything down. Stay with us and we’ll bring you any updates.