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  • 21 April 2014, 11:41

Leeds Firefighters Tackle Industrial Blaze

More than 80 firefighters have been battling a huge blaze on an industrial estate in Leeds that sent plumes of thick black smoke across the city.

Exploding cylinders made for a "challenging" situation for crews called to the fire at Tradpak, a packaging and recycling firm in the Armley area around 2am.

Witnesses reported hearing loud bangs as the inferno engulfed two buildings in Albion Way.

One of the premises was used for storing chemicals and there were also LPG cylinders involved, according to the fire service.

Fifteen fire engines and a number of specialist vehicles attended the blaze. The blaze is now largely under control.

Emergency services initially warned there was a risk of toxic smoke due to "potentially hazardous chemicals" on the site.

But they later said residents in the city centre should keep windows and doors closed "as a precaution" until smoke from the fire clears.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "The matter is being treated as a large building fire by firefighters but, as with any fire producing large amounts of smoke, nearby residents are being urged to keep doors and windows closed while the smoke clears."

The Armley Gyratory road was closed for a time due to the large amounts of smoke from the fire, but has now re-opened.

Other roads around the site on the industrial estate remain shut.

Steve Beckley of West Yorkshire Fire Service told Sky News: "Firefighters worked extremely hard in the first couple of hours to prevent fire spread.

"We saved around three major premises immediately surrounding where the fire was which is fantastic, but obviously there's significant damage to the two that were involved when we arrived.

"What we have got to do now is work our way into the seat of the fire, but we will certainly be here for the rest of the day."