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'Explosions heard' as firefighters tackle blaze near Northowram

Ten fire crews are tackling a blaze at an industrial building between Northowram and Queensbury, West Yorkshire. Eyewitnesses have described the sounds of explosions every few minutes which are understood to be from gas canisters and welding tanks.

West Yorkshire Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.

Firefighters tackle moorland blaze

Firefighters are tackling a large moorland fire on the Pennines.

Firefighters are tackling a moorland fire on the Pennines Credit: Chris Kiddey

Flames , fanned by strong winds ,are spreading across a large area of hillside above Walsden.

Firefighters from West Yorkshire & Greater Manchester aretackling a moorland blaze Credit: Chris Kiddey

Fire crews have been brought in from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

As well as trying to beat the fire out, they are also preparing to draw water from the nearby Rochdale Canal.

Smoke from the blaze can be seen from several miles away .