Emergency services tackle blaze in Leeds city centre

Firefighters have been tackling a huge blaze in Leeds city centre.

The fire is thought to have broken out just before 8pm on Saturday evening on the top three floors of a derelict, high rise building near Millennium Square.

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Ten pumps were on scene as nearby restaurants and pubs were evacuated after the building was assessed as potentially unsafe. The Hazardous Area Response Team was in attendance.

Ryan Graves, assistant general manager of Pixel Bar, near to the fire, said the bar was evacuated at around 9pm. He told ITV News: "From our front door, first you could see smoke billowing, then it was flames and ash.

"We liaised with the police to make sure everyone got out safely. We don't know when we can go back inside. Some members of staff have left their belongings in there, like house keys.

"I've been told some officers have been asked to work overtime so I don't think we'll get back in tonight so we'll see where it goes."

In a statement, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Safety cordon in place and surrounding buildings have been evacuated due to potentially unsafe structure of the derelict building. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is working with West Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service."