Firefighters have had another busy night with 15 fire engines attending a major warehouse fire at Gordon Rhodes and Son Ltd, in Chase Way, Bradford, after an emergency call was received by our Control room at 10.10pm last night (August 9).
The building measures approximately 40 metres by 50 metres and comprises of a single storey warehouse and two storey offices.
The warehouse was used to store flour, seeds, herbs and spices.
At its height around 80 firefighters battled to get a hold of the fire but unfortunately the building has been extensively damaged and the warehouse has collapsed in places due to the heat.
The fire was under control by around 4am and the incident has been scaled back with four fire engines (one with aerial capacity) still at the scene today.
It’s currently unsafe for firefighters to enter the building so they are dousing remaining pockets of fire externally using jets and the aerial reach engine.
Fire officers are in contact with the owner of the building and a structural engineer over the future of the building and a fire investigator will be looking into the cause of the fire.
The ground floor offices are the least damaged and crews have been working with the owner this morning to salvage office equipment.
Electricity to some nearby premises was temporarily cut off and people were advised to close doors and windows due to the large plumps of smoke in the area.
The road is open but with limited access.
The fire in Bradford came less than 24 hours after a separate large scale incident, also attended by 15 fire engines, in Southgate, Halifax, which broke out in the early hours of August 9, the cause of which is still under investigation by the Fire Service.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “It has been a busy couple of days for the Fire Service and I am very proud of the determined efforts and professionalism of all of our crews who have all worked very hard.
“Fortunately neither of the fires has caused any harm to members of the public or our firefighters.
“The fire overnight in Bradford has been incredibly challenging for crews who worked tirelessly to try and prevent it from spreading. However, as the building is now structurally unsafe we will not put them at any risk by sending crews inside.
“We would also like to thank partner agencies and blue light services who have also been swift to support us in our response to these large scale incidents.”