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We are receiving reports of a major fire in the Towngate area of Holmfirth.

It is believed to involve a shop or business premises.

West Yorkshire Fire Service say four pumps have been sent to the scene along with an aerial ladder.

The call was made at 4.40pm.

Fire engines have gone from Huddersfield and Meltham stations.

Other buses diverted

Buses being diverted

Some photos from our snapper Simon Morley

Fire on Towngate, Holmfirth
Fire on Towngate, Holmfirth (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

It appeared everyone had escaped safely

Retired firefighter Stan Dawson, 59, who was in the Brambles pub when the fire was spotted, said it appeared everyone in the buildings had got out safely. He said: “Someone shouted: ‘Is anyone in here?’ and someone else said: ‘the people are all out’.”

Mr Dawson, who lives at Meltham, said five pumps attended and three crews wearing breathing apparatus went into buildings to check no one was inside.

Two ambulances and a paramedic car were also on the scene – but two ambulances left almost immediately once it was confirmed no one was inside.

Speaking at 5.30pm he said: “It looks like the fire is now out. The crews are sifting through the debris to make sure there are no combustibles.”

Mr Dawson said he did not know how or where the fire had started but said there are a number of businesses in the small area behind Towngate, including a toy shop and a food and drink business.

Fire on Towngate, Holmfirth
Fire on Towngate, Holmfirth

Some more photos coming through

Fire at a business premises in Towngate, Holmfirth
Fire at a business premises in Towngate, Holmfirth (Image: Trevor Doherty)
Fire at a business premises in Towngate, Holmfirth
Fire at a business premises in Towngate, Holmfirth (Image: Trevor Doherty)
Fire at a business premises in Towngate, Holmfirth
Fire at a business premises in Towngate, Holmfirth (Image: Trevor Doherty)

'Absolute scenes' in Holmfirth

Fire in Holmfirth town centre

We’re hearing of a fire that has broken out in a business on Towngate in Holmfirth.

We’ll update you as more information comes in.

Food and drink festival is going down well

It’s all going well down at the food festival in Huddersfield town centre.

Our reporter says it’s been rammed full of hungry revellers, enjoying the timely break from the rain.

Thornhill murder accused stay silent

Two men accused of murdering another outside a pub in Dewsbury have made their first appearance before a Crown Court judge.

Khaleem Harris and Jaelan Herlt, both 20, are both charged with the murder of Jonathan Binns, 32, in February this year.

Mr Binns, of Ings Crescent, Dewsbury died after an incident outside the Scarborough public house in Thornhill on the evening of Febuary 17.

Neither made a formal plea and both were remanded in custody

Jonny Binns who died following an incident outside the Scarborough Pub, The Town, Dewsbury
Jonny Binns who died following an incident outside the Scarborough Pub, The Town, Dewsbury (Image: West YorkshirePolice)

Cleckheaton water burst latest

Looks like water engineers at Bradford Road are in for the long haul. These new pictures indicate this isn’t a quick fix.

All clear on the A1

The chaos on the A1 should end soon.

The road has been closed southbound near Doncaster after a lorry overturned early this morning, spilling its load and destroying safety barriers.

A big clear up has now finished and the road is open again.

Cleckheaton water burst flood

This is a significant main burst that has closed parts of Bradford Road through Cleckheaton.

The incident began overnight and it is thought some businesses have been flooded.

Town academy boss leaves

Is this a shock?

Burst water main floods Cleckheaton

Emergency road works are causing issues on the main road through Cleckheaton.

The A638 Bradford Road is closed and there’s slow traffic due to burst water main at Wesley Street near to Fletchers Fisheries.

Here’s a picture of a very flooded main road.

If you live in the Crowtrees Lane area of Rastrick this is why you’ve got no water

Man steals two lampposts

This Dutch criminal isn’t the brightest.

He was arrested with two lamp-posts strapped to the top of his car.

Dutch police posted this picture of the suspected criminal and revealed the ambitious theft was quite literally the illegal cherry on the cake.

Leylstad police found the car was not insured, its ‘MOT’ was three months out of date, the driver’s license had expired at the end of 2016, he was driving under the influence of alcohol and was wanted for leaving a petrol station without paying for fuel.

A thief in Holland was found with two stolen lampposts on top of his car
A thief in Holland was found with two stolen lampposts on top of his car (Image: Lelystad Police)

Send in your food fest selfies

Show us what delicious dishes you’ve got as the food festival gets underway this lunch time

Footballer jailed for Glastonbury drugs haul

A footballer who once played for Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday has been locked up after being rumbled with a large amount of drugs and counterfeit cash while at Glastonbury last June.

Paddy Lacey, who played for League Two side Accrington Stanley last season - who won League Two’s September 2016 goal of the month competition while playing for Accrington Stanley last year - was found with 20.3 grams of cocaine, 16.8 grams of MDMA, and £520 in counterfeit £20 notes.
The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a controlled substance, and passing as genuine an item which he knew to be a counterfeit.
Lacey of Manor Avenue in Crosby, Merseyside, was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Big problems still on the A1

There’s long jams on the A1 due to a lorry overturning earlier. Here’s the latest pictures from the scene.

Hospital chiefs approve HRI plan

The board at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has approved its controversial hospital plan, in the last few minutes.

The trust’s board has ratified the Full Business Case, which includes the demolition of HRI, and will now submit it to NHS bosses in London.

It feels like that decision probably should have happened before Kirklees Council decided to refer it to Jeremy Hunt!

Anyway, we will now have a few months of waiting to see what the Department for Health have to say about it all.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield (Image: hri stock)

Get your HTAFC tickets now

Will it be a sell out? If you want tickets for Town’s first home game in the Premier League they’re on sale as of a few minutes ago.

Overloaded truck on the M62 fined

I wonder what it was about this truck that caught police’s attention?

Huddersfield food festival starts today

The highly anticipated food festival is finally here.

Stalls open at 11am so if you’re already hungry it’s time to start planning your lunch.

Cumberworth bus route change

If you’re out in the sticks near Denby Dale there’s a bit of a diversion to your bus route.

Here’s why.

Avoid the A1 this morning

Here’s more on the below incident on the A1 near Doncaster. As you can see it’s going to take some time to clear so best to avoid that route if possible.

A1 delay near Doncaster

If you’re travelling further afield there’s a warning that the A1 southbound has one lane closed after a lorry tipped over.

Travel update

It’s all running smoothly on the roads and rail.

No significant issues have been posted by the transport monitoring services.

The usual queues on the routes into Leeds, Huddersfield and Halifax are all you have to cope with!

Man found hanging from roof

Huddersfield firefighters had to rescue a man from a roof in the early hours.

The 29-year-old was found stuck on the eaves of a property in Fartown at 1.52am.

It is thought he had climbed out of the window and been unable to get back in.

Officers rescued him and police attended.

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The sun sets amongst the wind turbines above Ingbirchworth.
Wind turbines above Ingbirchworth.

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