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Fifty firefighters tackle blaze at Tata Steel in Rotherham

Ten fire engines and more than 50 firefighters have been tackling a fire at Tata Steel on Aldwarke Lane, Rotherham, overnight.

It involves several thousand litres of oil. Officers say their teams quickly contained the blaze to one building. All employees have been safely evacuated and there are no reports of anyone being injured.

Crews are using a high volume pump to access water from an on site reservoir. It broke out shortly after 1.00am on Thursday morning.

Fire engines from Rotherham, Parkway, Central, Elm Lane, Edlington, Dearne, Birley Moor, Stocksbridge and Tankersley stations are involved.

Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene for several hours. An investigation into its cause will begin once it has been fully extinguished.


Bramley fire: Eight youths arrested on suspicion of arson

Two girls are among eight youths who have been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the Bramley fire.

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Ten pumps were involved in tackling the blaze on Waterloo Lane in Bramley on Monday night.

It has emerged that the building was being used as a warehouse to store furniture.

The eight youths in police custody are all from the Armley and Bramley area.

They include two boys aged 14, three boys aged 15, one boy aged 16 and two girls aged 14 and 13.

"The building is very frail and we expect within the next seven days it will be taken down to protect the safety of the surroundings.

"We expect this may cause some disruption for the next several days and while this disruption is regrettable it is absolutely necessary to ensure public safety.

"We are working hard with partners to minimise the impact of this work and again, I want to thank residents for their co-operation during this time."

– Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds CID

Bramley fire: Decision on demolition of building delayed

A decision on the demolition of a derelict building in Leeds hit by a fire last night has been delayed until tomorrow morning.

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Around ten pumps were used to extinguish the blaze at the disused warehouse on Waterloo Lane in Bramley on Monday night.

Demolition experts were brought in to take a look at the situation earlier this afternoon and have delayed their decision until tomorrow. It is believed they need more time to assess the potential impact of the demolition and the need to turn off utilities.

Earlier, firefighters downscaled the operation and began damping down from afar due to the structure of the building being unsafe.

Firefighters retreat ahead of Bramley building demolition

Firefighters tackling a blaze at a disused building in Leeds last night have downscaled the incident to two pumps and one aerial appliance.

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Officers say the blaze on Waterloo Lane in Bramley is now being controlled from a safe distance due to the structure being unsafe.

They also want to reduce the impact of the operation on the local community.

The building is expected to be demolished later today.


Cause of Bramley blaze unknown at this stage

West Yorkshire Police say they are in attendance at the large fire in a derelict building in Bramley.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, and no injuries have been reported.

Road closures are currently in place in Waterloo Lane, Town Street in Bramley, Broad Lane and Raynville Road.

These are likely to remain in place overnight to allow the fire service to tackle the blaze.

Police say they are monitoring the situation to see whether any nearby buildings need to be evacuated.

At this time the safety of all those involved is paramount. We're working with partners to minimise disruption and I would like to thank local residents for their co-operation.

– Detective Inspector Phil Jackson
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