Derelict building fire Leeds city centre

15 October 2022
Property fire
Cookridge Street
Update - fire investigation underway

Firefighters have today been back on site investigating the possible cause of the fire at the vacant Leonardo Building.

The fire began just before 8pm on Saturday evening, at the multi-storey building on Cookridge Street.

Local pubs and bars were evacuated as crews from across West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) worked together to tackle the blaze.

The building is currently being renovated, with the fire taking hold of plastic wrapping and scaffolding surrounding the site.

Crews worked quickly to stop it spreading further or going into other nearby buildings.

Once the fire was out, crews let people back into evacuated buildings and scaled back the operation.

No one was injured because of the fire, with those first on scene last night credited with getting the building fire quickly under control.

Fire investigation officers have been back on site today and are likely to have an initial outline of what potentially caused the fire in the coming days. 

Firefighters worked alongside West Yorkshire Police and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service as well as Yorkshire’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), who were on standby due to the instability of the derelict building.

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Ten pumps at Leeds city centre derelict high rise fire. On going incident. Top three floors still alight. Safety cordon in place and surrounding buildings have been evacuated due to potentially unsafe structure of the derelict building. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is working with West Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) is also in attendance.