A DERELICT Bradley Mills dog kennels has been destroyed in a suspected arson attack.
People living near to Marina Kennels watched in shock yesterday as fire ripped through the buildings, wrecking everything in sight.
Firefighters believe that the blaze was started deliberately after someone broke into the abandoned site.
Watch manager Tony Bateman, from Huddersfield Fire Station, said: “The fire was deliberate, somebody has forced entry into the compound and set fire to it.
“We have informed police that we believe this to be the cause.”
Just after midday yesterday firefighters were called to the kennels off Peace Pitt Lane.
But the blaze was well underway and the office and most of the surrounding outbuildings were destroyed.
Police kept onlookers away from the scene when it was feared that propane gas cylinders inside one of the buildings could explode.
Network Rail was informed about the potential danger to the nearby railway line, although train services were unaffected.
Firefighter Bateman said: “It was quite a severe fire. The building had timber frames and felt in the roof which made the fire spread quickly.
“When we arrived there was a lot of smoke and flames reaching up to 10 foot in the air.
“Our main concern was the cylinders as four of them were quite covered with fire when we turned up, but we managed to cool them.
“They can travel quite a distance once they explode. We were concerned about public safety which is why the police were asked to keep people away.”
Yesterday police officers stood guard at the scene and the cylinders were due to be removed and disposed of.
The fire officer added: “The fire had to be deliberate as there was no other ignition source – all the electrics had been switched off.
“The most likely cause is that somebody broke in – the gate had been forced – and with a match or cigarette then ignited the roof.
A police spokesman said that inquiries into the blaze were at an early stage and appealed for any information.
Lee Davis, 32, of Leeds Road saw smoke billowing from the site shortly before midday yesterday.
He said: “I could smell smoke and looked out and saw it all black.
“There were small fires all over the place and it’s a right mess now.
“Since the dogs went it’s been a bit of an eyesore, plus the kids hang out on the canal bridge.
“Because of where is it no-one could have seen what happened to start it.
“It needs pulling down.”
The kennels was forced to close earlier this year after Kirklees Council ordered owners David and Janet Worrell to carry out vital £25,000 sewerage works.
But despite donations flooding in, the site remained closed and the lease was handed back to the council.
Since its closure the council’s dog wardens have continued to deal with stray dogs.