FIRE ripped through a Huddersfield door business.
Four fire engines were called out to deal with the blaze at Oakwood Doors at Riverside Works on Bradley Mills Road yesterday.
They were there for more than four hours, bringing the fire under control and then damping down.
Staff at the company had spotted the flames in the paint-spraying building of the business at about 11am.
Watch manager Andy Flynn from Huddersfield fire station said: “It was far bigger than they could deal with themselves so we were called out.
“The staff had already evacuated the premises by the time we got there. There were about five people standing outside.
“We immediately realised there was the need for more pumps.”
As well as the two engines from Huddersfield, crews from Elland and Brighouse were also called out.
Three firefighting jets were used, but Mr Flynn said there was a fight to put out the hotspots once the major blaze was under control.
He added: “There was difficulty getting access to the premises and there was a problem with ventilation because there was only one door.
“The fact that there were paints and thinners involved made it more challenging as well.”
He said the paint-spraying building was completely destroyed and there was bad smoke damage to the shop showroom.
One witness said: “It was a pretty big fire and it seemed to take a lot of manpower to bring it under control.”
Fire investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, but it is not suspicious.
The company sells doors, but also specialises in spraying, painting and staining doors, chairs and tables for a range of clients.
It also provides colour matches for old, distressed finishes on furniture.