The children’s hospice in Huddersfield is likely to be shut for several days.

Staff are still trying to sort out the aftermath of a fire at the complex which has left it without power.

The fire broke out at the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, at Brackenhall, on Tuesday morning, and caused damage to the main electricity board which supplies power to the site.

No-one was injured in the incident.

There was only one child being cared for at the time and staff had evacuated the premises by the time two fire crews from Huddersfield and one from Rastrick attended to deal with the blaze.

Hospice chief executive Peter Branson said the fire also damaged the care team’s office but the main problem is now to do with the lack of power.

“We are managing to deliver all our hospice at home care for families and that will continue.

“But we are still closed. I am hopeful that we may be able to open by early next week but at this stage it’s too early to say.

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“We are waiting for our insurers to give us an idea in terms of a time-frame.

“We have had several people in looking at how quickly they can get us up and running.

“The main issue is about the power supply, which we need to sort out.

“The fire was in the main electricity board, in the plant room, which was destroyed.”

He said families will be contacted by the care team but they can contact the hospice in the usual way if they have any questions or concerns. And supporters can reach the hospice as usual by email and on the main hospice number 01484 411 040.

He has also praised the actions of firefighters who were called to the hospice at 7.30am on Tuesday.

Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and found flames in the electrical plant room had spread to a void between the ceiling and floor, causing damage and thick smoke.