MORE than 50 firefighters tackled a fierce blaze at a pallet yard.
Flames leaped up to 80ft high as wooden pallets stored in the yard on Park Road, Cromwell Bottom - halfway between Elland and Brighouse - were engulfed by fire yesterday morning.
Firefighters escaped injury when liquid petroleum gas canisters exploded.
Fire crews from Huddersfield, Halifax, Elland, Brighouse and Dewsbury went to the scene.
A hydraulic platform was used to spray water on to the fire from above.
Firefighters pumped water from the mains and the nearby Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal.
Sub-Officer Rodger Binns, of Elland, said: "We got the call at 4.40am and the yard was engulfed in flames when we got there.
"The flames were pretty high, about 50 to 80ft, and there were two or three explosions from LPG canisters.
"The pallets burned like a massive bonfire, with a very intensive heat."
Sub-Officer Binns added: "Two alsatian dogs are missing, but we managed to save the main building."
Two lorries and 90% of the pallets were destroyed.
Firefighters took up to three hours to bring the flames under control.
They were still damping down at 10am yesterday.
The firm, which has not been officially named, is near a stretch of water used for water skiing.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.