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We are getting reports a building in Marsden is on fire.

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman says the building, believed to be a derelict mill, is alight.

Two fire engines are at the scene and have requested backup from four more, she said.

This means the fire is expected to be substantial.

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Full story

Here’s the full story on the fire. Thanks for sticking with the blog.

Fire thought to be suspicious

“Once we started peeling up the floor we had access to the dust and materials that had been smouldering for a few hours.

“Looking at where and why it started, a fire shouldn’t have started there so we believe it is suspicious.”

Huge area on fire

He said: “ We didn’t identify the fire until two hours into the job because the building was smoke logged.

“An area about 20m by 30m was on fire.

“Trying to find your way through and not knowing where the fire is - that’s what kills firefighters. We are very cautious.

“There was nobody inside so we didn’t have to go looking for anybody - we just couldn’t find the site of the fire.”

"Floor could have collapsed at any moment"

Mr Wooler said: “It is a huge mill so there was a possibility of the fire spreading and the whole mill going up.

“One floor was fully smoke logged.

He said firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus had to work in thick smoke and dangerous conditions.

Because more breathing apparatus and oxygen was needed, at 1.30pm the officer in charge called for a further six pumps (fire engines).

He said: “The fire started in a wooden floor - there is a 12” gap between the floor and the ceiling.

“Over the years, when the building was a textile mill, lots of dust and cotton fell into the void. All that was on fire.

“The firefighters were working with this guys inside were peeling up the floor and it could have collapsed at any moment.

“This was why it took so long.”

Fire started in suspicious circumstances

We’ve spoken to Huddersfield watch commander Andy Wooler from Huddersfield Fire Station, who says the fire service is treating the blaze as suspicious.

He said material trapped in the void between one of the mill floors and the ceiling below had caught fire, filling the mill with smoke.

Story so far

Here is the story so far. We will continue to bring you updates as we get them.

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Firefighters still on the scene

We’ve just heard firefighters are still at the scene - and the fire has got worse. 12 engines are now working at the scene.

More pictures from the scene

Paramedics at scene over asbestos risk

Fire, Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Paramedics at the scene because of the risk of asbestos
Fire, Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Paramedics at the scene because of the risk of asbestos (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

We understand paramedics attended as there could be asbestos in the building

Road closure

Reporter Stephanie says Binn Road is partially closed due to the fire

More pictures from the scene

Firefighters work at the scene of the blaze in the mill in Marsden
Firefighters work at the scene of the blaze in the mill in Marsden
Firefighters work at the scene of the blaze in the mill in Marsden
Firefighters work at the scene of the blaze in the mill in Marsden (Image: WYP RPU)
Firefighters work at the scene of the blaze in the mill in Marsden
Firefighters work at the scene of the blaze in the mill in Marsden (Image: WYP RPU)

Live from the fire

Reporter at the scene

More pictures from the scene courtesy of Sani Huds

The fire at Bank Bottom Mill, Marsden
The fire at Bank Bottom Mill, Marsden (Image: Sani Huds)
The fire at Bank Bottom Mill, Marsden
The fire at Bank Bottom Mill, Marsden (Image: Sani Huds)

Three ambulances now on the scene

Stephanie says three ambulances have arrived at the mill

Reporter on scene

Our reporter Stephanie has arrived at the mill and says an ambulance has just arrived

Mill could have been turned into housing

Back in January we reported development plans were being considered for the mill, and another mill, known as Crowther’s Mill.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) papers said Bank Bottom Mill could provide 1,492 jobs or 275 homes, while New Mills could be suitable for 1,672 jobs or 309 homes.

The full report is here.

Video from the scene

Pictures from the scene

Pc Dave Cant is on the scene.

Fire service statement

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say six fire engines are working at the scene, which means the fire is probably substantial.

The building on fire is believed to be a derelict mill.

A reporter and photographer are on their way to the scene.