A CAFE has been wrecked by arsonists who smashed their way inside today.
The intruders forced their way into Caspers Tearoom on Albert Street, Lockwood, in the early hours.
They set fire to different parts of the cafe, in the former Colonnade Insurance building, before fleeing.
Police said the arson attack was the latest in a spate of burglaries at the tearooms.
The fire was discovered by Barry Dodsley, landlord of the Yorkshire Victoria pub on nearby Lockwood Road, at 3.30am.
He said: "We were still clearing up in the pub and just talking.
"Suddenly we heard a loud bang. At first I thought there had been a car crash, but when I looked outside I could see lots of smoke."
Mr Dodsley and Trevor Cater, a member of his bar staff, rushed round to the cafe with a dry powder fire extinguisher, but the fire was already raging out of control.
"I ended up breathing in smoke, but there was nothing we could do," said Mr Dodsley.
Leading Firefighter Tony Carter, of Huddersfield fire station, said: "Smoke was pouring out of at least two windows when we arrived at the cafe.
"A team wearing breathing apparatus went in and managed to douse the flames within 10 minutes, but the cafe had been very badly damaged inside."
Sgt Tim O'Sullivan, of Huddersfield police, said: "The building has been burgled several times in recent weeks."
Witnesses should ring Huddersfield CID on 01484 436582.