Dewsbury fire: ‘Massive explosion’ as police say gas cylinders ignited in West Yorkshire town

Firefighters are dealing with a massive blaze on an industrial estate in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Witnesses reported hearing a “massive explosion” on social media, and video taken in the area recorded a series of pops and bangs. Police say the explosions were caused by gas cylinders.

UPDATE – we anticipate the scene to remain well into the early hours of tomorrow (6-8 hours) as the emergency services continue to go about their work

— West Yorkshire Police (@WestYorksPolice) September 10, 2021

At least a dozen fire engines responded to the incident on Mill Street East.

It is expected that emergency services will be on the scene into the early hours of Saturday morning. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: “We currently have 12 fire engines & specialist units in attendance at a fire at an industrial unit in Saville Town #Dewsbury.

“All persons are accounted for.

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“Please avoid travelling through the area.” West Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called at 4.49pm today to reports of a large fire in the area of Mill Street East, Dewsbury “Emergency services including the police are currently at the scene

“Witnesses have reported hearing explosions – it is believed this is gas cylinders exploding. “Mill Street East and Warren Street are closed and there is a cordon in place around the scene.” It added: “There are currently no reports of any injuries but emergency services are continuing to check the scene.”

Kirklees Council said: “Local residents within the vicinity of the fire on Mill Street East in Dewsbury, particularly Chickenley and Earlsheaton residents, please keep doors and windows closed. “There is no access to Mill Street East, Dewsbury, at this time.” Ayah Alfawaris, 32, from Leeds, said: “As we got to Dewsbury there was heavy traffic so we got out of the Uber and started walking to our destination.

“We saw at least four ambulances and three fire brigades on one street with some police cars. “They started blocking off the roads and diverting traffic. “The fire did seem to get bigger with time and I was a bit scared it was going to get closer to where we were.

“Firemen came with a truck to pump water out of the canal next to the pub.

The manager gave them a crate of beer for later which was nice.”