Police treat major blaze at Leeds chemical plant as suspicious

Police have confirmed a major blaze at a building used to store chemicals was suspicious. At its height around 100 Firefighters tackled the fire. It happened on Easter Monday

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Leeds fire caused millions of pounds of damage

A fire at an industrial estate in Leeds has caused damage costing around £7 million.

Police say the fire caused millions of pounds of damage

Police are treating the fire, which destroyed part of the Tradpak premises, in Armley Road, and spread to neighbouring Hazel Products, as arson.

It is estimated that the damage caused to the businesses could be in the region of six to seven million pounds.

Emergency services were called in the early hours of Easter Monday and more than 100 firefighters tackled the blaze and stopped the fire spreading further.

Detective Inspector Mark Swift, of Leeds District CID, said: "Tackling this large-scale fire and then making the site safe for investigation was a lengthy process which took some days to complete.

"We worked closely with specialist fire investigators and established that the fire had been started deliberately and as such we are investigating this incident as arson. It is vital that we identify whoever was responsible.

Police treat Leeds fire as suspicious

Scene of huge fire at Leeds recycling plant on Easter Monday Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police have confirmed that the huge fire that broke out in Leeds last week is being treated as suspicious.

More than 100 firefighters were called to the blaze at Tradpak Recycling on Armley Road in the early hours of Easter Monday. At its height, smoke could be seen from across the city. Police were not allowed on to the scene to investigate for days after, until firefighters confirmed the scene safe.


Thousands of fish die after fire in Leeds

Thousands of fish have been killed by pollution from a huge fire in Leeds.

It broke out in the early hours of Monday morning at a chemical recycling firm by the Leeds Liverpool canal.

Now chemicals have leaked out and poisoned a mile long stretch of the waterway. Police are investigating a report that the fire itself may have been started by burglars.

Chris Kiddey reports.

Demolition work to start after Leeds fire

Demolition work is beginning following a fire in Leeds on Easter Monday.

The blaze broke out on Armley Road just before 2am and was dealt with by 100 firefighters. The fire at Tradpak Recycling and Hazel Products was brought under control by midday.

20 firefighters remain at the scene today.

Group Manager Martin Langan for WYFRS said:

“There are several seats of fire underneath sections of the roof of Hazel Products that have collapsed. We are working with demolition crews to gain access and then we will advance with handheld firefighting jets to deal with the remaining seats of fire.”

It is anticipated that firefighters will be at the scene all of today and possibly tomorrow.

Armley Road is partially closed and will be for the majority of today. Police are also in attendance to manage traffic flow.


Emergency services praise residents for patience

Emergency services have been praising residents for their patience over a massive blaze at an industrial estate in Armley near Leeds.

Nearby roads had to be sealed off and a nightclub evacuated due to concerns for the safety of clubbers after the fire took hold of a recycling and packaginging plant. Nearby roads had to be sealed off and a nightclub evacuated due to concerns for the safety of clubbers after the fire at Tradpak.

Albion Way remains closed for safety reason as does A647 Armley Road both ways between Canal Street and Stanningley Road. At its height around 100 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze.

"I wish to thank residents in the Armley area for their patience and understanding as emergency services have gone about their work and also praise the efforts of colleagues in both services who have worked extremely hard to bring a dangerous situation under control"

– Superintendent Mab Hussain, West Yorkshire Police

Firefighters working to make site of Leeds fire safe

Albion Way in Armley where blaze started Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Firefighters are working to make the site of a massive fire on an industrial park in Armley near Leeds safe. Emergency services are damping down the blaze at the Tradpak site on Albion Way and want to reassure residents everything possible is being done to bring normality back to the area.

" We can confirm that smoke from the fire is not toxic. However, as a precaution , we have continued to advise people near the site to keep doors and windows shut while the smoke has cleared, as we would do with any large fire. "

Superintendent Mabs Hunssain, West Yorkshire Police

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