Leeds & West Yorkshire

Lower Wortley blaze: Print works fire 'started accidentally'

Aftermath of the fire Image copyright West Yorkshire Fire Service
Image caption Nobody was injured in the fire in Lower Wortley, Leeds on Friday

A large fire which destroyed an old print works in Leeds was started accidentally, the fire service said.

A blaze broke out in disused buildings near Whitehall Road, Lower Wortley, on Friday, with fire engines sent to the scene at about 12:45 BST.

The fire, which engulfed a building measuring 197ft (60m) by 131ft (40m), sent black smoke over the city centre.

Four people are reported to have been working in the building before the fire broke out, but no-one was hurt.

The site partially collapsed, but the fire was prevented from spreading to surrounding buildings.

Image copyright Nick Thompson
Image caption The fire could be seen across the city

It was the second large fire in Leeds on Friday - the first was blaze at a glass bottle manufacturing plant on Towngate Link in Cross Green Way.

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