Dewsbury fire: ‘Massive explosion’ with building in flames as smoke billows over town

A loud explosion and huge ‘bang’ has sparked panic with a building, believe to be a scrapyard, bursting into flames in Dewsbury on Friday evening.

Residents reported hearing a “loud bang” in the Kirklees town with people tweeting about the explosion which could be heard for miles.

One said: “Somethings blown up in Dewsbury”, with another tweeting: “Massive explosion in #Dewsbury Black smoke everywhere!”

Another said that there were numerous bangs that went off that he could hear from a quarter of a mile away.

He said they were ‘horrendously loud’ and ‘sounded like a fighter jet’ passing above. He also said that they were going off for over an ho

Videos posted on social media show smoke billowing from a building which has gone up in flames with the sound of several mini explosions heard.

A witness says smoke is billowing over the town.

He has also seen three fire engines and a police van ‘fight their way through the rush hour queues’ to get to the scene in Mill Street East, with a huge emergency services response at the scene.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to stay away from the area.

They tweeted: “We currently have 12 fire engines & specialist units in attendance at a fire at an industrial unit in Saville Town #Dewsbury

“All persons are accounted for. Please avoid travelling through the area.”Fire fighters have been seen pumping water from the nearby River Calder at Savile Town Wharf to help tackle the fire.

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A local tweeted: “Only just managed to get home from Dewsbury. Unfortunately got caught up in a huge fire and explosion as I was leaving, lots of emergency workers on scene but scary stuff. Hope everyone is OK.”

Kirklees Council said: “Local residents within the vicinity of the fire on Mill Street East in Dewsbury, particularly Chickenley and Earlsheaton residents, please keep doors and windows closed.

“There is no access to Mill Street East, Dewsbury, at this time.”

Someone watching the emergency from a nearby pub said: “The pub just sent a case of beer cans to the firemen! Love this!

“Disclaimer: they are not drinking them, they put them away.”