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Firefighters are still at the scene of the mill fire in Batley, working on dampening the scene.

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The mill fire in Batley
The mill fire in Batley (Image: Simon Boyle (@simonjboyle))
The mill fire in Batley
The mill fire in Batley (Image: Simon Boyle (@simonjboyle))
Firefighters attend the mill blaze in Grange Road, Batley
Firefighters attend the mill blaze in Grange Road, Batley (Image: Simon Boyle (@simonjboyle))

Mill gutted

Everyone's safe, says deputy chief fire officer

Blaze at its height

Another pic from Ash Milnes from earlier


Flames rip through Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley. Pic by: Ash Milnes.
Flames rip through Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley. Pic by: Ash Milnes.

Statement from fire service

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Nick Smith, who attended today’s Batley mill fire, has praised firefighters for their quick and effective response to tackling the large blaze.

He said: “This was a mill building used predominantly for textiles and when crews arrived the building was well alight, with the fire spreading quickly. Firefighters worked in very difficult, windy conditions to prevent the very real danger of the fire spreading to neighbouring buildings. The mill was also at risk of collapse, which posed further difficulties for firefighter safety.

“Crews quickly evacuated people from nearby properties and contained the fire. It was a tremendous effort from all firefighters, who made the lives of nearby people their priority, and I applaud their quick thinking and hard work.”

He added: “Crews were aware that the water supply in the immediate area around Greenhill Mills, Batley, was not sufficient for the scale and seriousness of the fire, therefore they had to find hydrants further afield to tackle the fire. This is quite common when dealing with fires of this scale.”

Problems

We’re waiting for West Yorkshire Fire Service to provide a full statement on the blaze but we understand there were a number of problems and it was a difficult and hazardous operation.
The fire chief is expected to praise the fire crews involved for their efforts in bringing the blaze under control.
We reported concerns earlier about trouble in finding sufficient water but apparently that’s not unusual in certain locations.

Tackling blaze

Here’s some video by Del Delap showing firefighters at work earlier tackling the blaze


Blaze at its height

Mill 'rapdily went up in flames'

Our reporter Robert has spoken to John Barraclough, Johnny Beverley and Lucas Makuch who work for Sampling International at Batley Business Park.
About 11.30 they decided to have an early lunch and as they were walking past Greenhill Mills they saw smoke coming from the exit doors and there were people being evacuated.
There were three fire engines at that stage and the mill rapidly went up in flames. Some explosions were also reported, thought to be gas cylinders.

From above

James Marshall took this picture above the fire with a drone:

James Marshall took this picture above the Batley mill fire with a drone
James Marshall took this picture above the Batley mill fire with a drone (Image: Twitter/@_dogger)


Update from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue:

The fire at Greenhill Mills is under control and we are now scaling back. One large jet is now in use.

James Wood shared this video:

Mill looks 'completely gutted'

According to our reporter Robert Sutcliffe the mill looks to be completely gutted.

Damping down continues and there’s still smoke and steam rising.

Grange Road remains closed but there is access via Hanging Heaton.

Firefighters are dampening down the mill

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley
Firefighters tackle a blaze at Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley (Image: Mike Clark.)
Firefighters dampening down after the blaze at Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley
Firefighters dampening down after the blaze at Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley (Image: Mike Clark)


Police at the evacuated Batley Business Park

Latest video from the scene

Salvation Army opens its doors to those affected

Flames ripped through the mill

Francis Stoner took this dramatic shot earlier

Flames rip through Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley
Flames rip through Greenhill Mills in Grange Road, Batley (Image: Frances Stoner.)

Smoke seen from Upper Batley

Shelly Crawshaw could see the smoke from her home in Upper Batley earlier

View of the smoke from the mill fire from Upper Batley
View of the smoke from the mill fire from Upper Batley (Image: Twitter/@Shelly_Crawshaw)
View of the smoke from the mill fire from Upper Batley
View of the smoke from the mill fire from Upper Batley (Image: Twitter/@Shelly_Crawshaw)

Recap in video:

Here’s a round up of the videos sent to us from the scene of the blaze:

Credit: Twitter/@imassageuk

Credit: Al Mubarak Radio


Latest picture

Fire appears to be 'under control'

Photo-journalist Ash Milnes tells us that it appears the fire is under control. Water to fight the fire seems to have been a big problem.We’ll investigate this. It’s an important commercial and business centre with lots of firms and offices around.

Video

Al Mubarak Radio took this video earlier - but they say the scene seems much calmer now

More pictures in our gallery

Praise for the firemen

Batley Business Park has been evacuated

The smoke can be seen from the town centre