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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.

Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

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.

Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services

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.

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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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