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Greenhill Mills demolished overnight after fire guts Batley building

Several jobs at Greenhill Textile Company have been lost as a result

Fire investigators say they are still trying to understand what caused a huge mill blaze in Kirklees.

The fire gutted Greenhill Mills in Batley yesterday.

So intense was the fire that a demolition company was called in overnight to level the mills on Grange Road.

Engineers from Kirklees Council had spent hours at the site assessing its precarious state and any safety implications in leaving it standing.

Adjacent to it is the vibrant Batley Business Park on Technology Drive.

The Examiner understands that several jobs at Greenhill Textile Company have been lost as a result of the inferno.

This morning, the still-smouldering mill site showed the strength of the fire with burnt out vans and other debris visible.

Firefighters from Dewsbury, Cleckheaton, Leeds, Morley and Ossett were originally called to the blaze and were joined by crews from Mirfield, Wakefield and Hunslet.

Operation Commander Richard Hall said more than 15 fire engines and 70-plus personnel were involved in tackling the blaze at its height.

He said the ferocity of the fire was due to the highly combustible nature of the textile materials in the three-storey building.

Throughout today, fire crews remained at the scene damping down pockets of fire still alight throughout the complex.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Fire Service said: “The cause of the fire is undetermined due to the extensive damage to the building.”

Kirklees councillor Mahmood Akhtar, (Batley), said: “It’s shocking, very shocking.”

No-one from Kirklees Council was available for comment.



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