FIREFIGHTERS say an explosive blaze which devastated a company was “like a bomb going off’’.

Firefighters were called to Tyke Rollers on Colliers Way in Clayton West shortly before midnight last night – and were met with the terrifying sights and sounds of propane cylinders exploding.

Around 30 firefighters were sent to tackle the inferno which saw flames shooting through the roof.

Crew Manager Kevin Ogden from Dewsbury fire station, said: “There were two almighty explosions as we arrived.

“It was propane gas cylinders exploding and one almost blew the roller shutter door off. Another cylinder must have shot up and hit the roof after exploding as we could see debris fly off the roof.

“It was potentially highly dangerous and so at first we had to fight the fire from a safe distance until we were sure there would be no more explosions.’’

Skelmanthorpe was the first crew to arrive and called for back-up.

Firefighters were also sent from Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Dewsbury, Ossett and an aerial appliance from Wakefield.

Tyke Rollers makes rubber rollers for printing presses and conveyor belts.

The firm was founded in 1994 and relocated from Liversedge to Clayton West in 2004.

The industrial unit measures 330ft by 100ft and has been badly damaged by the intense fire and smoke.

Fire crews managed to stop the fire spreading into the unit next door, but it did become heavily smoke-logged.

After the blaze was brought under control crews spent the rest of the night damping down and the final engine left the scene at around 8am.

A specialist fire investigation team was due at the premises today to try to pinpoint the cause.

Crew Manager Ogden added: “It has been a very serious fire. The roof structure has been left twisted.’’