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Over 70 firefighters tackle blaze at plastic moulding factory in Brighouse

At 14:11 yesterday (July 4), over 70 firefighters from across the brigade were called out to a large fire at a plastic moulding factory on Sherwood Road, Brighouse.

Firefighters were met by huge plumes of smoke as they arrived at the site.

The large single storey warehouse, measuring around 60 metres by 60 metres, was completely engulfed in flames.

At its height, there were 12 fire engines and four aerial appliances on scene –as well as a number of Officers and support pumps.

Crews used 10 large jets to tackle the fire and worked quickly to prevent it from spreading to neighbouring buildings – saving two businesses either side.

Three hours after the initial call, the decision was made to scale the incident back to six fire engines and one aerial appliance, to carry on fighting the small fire inside the building.

The Incident Commander, District Commander Toby May, said: “Crews worked in extremely arduous conditions to bring the fire under control.”

“They worked tirelessly in the blistering heat and managed to stop the spread of the fire to neighbouring buildings and businesses – because of this the two businesses either side are able to continue trading”.

“Throughout the incident we had to be very mindful of the weather conditions, we had to rotate crews often to make sure they weren’t at risk of heat exhaustion whilst maintaining focus on bringing the incident to a conclusion.”

“If it weren’t for the brave actions of our firefighters this incident could have escalated and incorporated other buildings within the site.

“I would like to thank partner organisations and the local business for their co-operation and assistance during the incident – it was very much appreciated.”

Crews remained at the site overnight and the incident was closed at 8am this morning (July 5).

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has handed the site back to the owners, who are working with structural engineers from Calderdale Council.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

There were no reported injuries.

* It’s important that local residents understand that the risks to their health from the smoke are low.

But if you have any concerns about the smoke’s impact on your health please call your GP surgery for advice, following any instructions for out of hours services, or contact the NHS 111 service (which is free from both landlines and mobiles and open 24/7).