Published On: Mon, Apr 21st, 2014 on 2:28 pm

Police reassure Armley industrial estate fire smoke is “not toxic”

Armley Fire Leeds

The blaze that engulfed an Armley industrial estate early this morning

Leeds District Police have reassured people that the smoke spread after a huge fire on an industrial estate this morning is “not toxic”.

But people living nearby the site have been advised to keep their doors and windows shut while the smoke has cleared.

Superintendent Mabs Hussain of Leeds District Police, said: “I want to reassure residents that everything has been done to get the fire under control, and minimise the effect on residents.

“We can also confirm that the 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.”

Emergency services were immediately brought this morning at around 1.55am to tackle the fire at the Tradpak building on Albion Way, after nearby residents reported hearing “large explosions” outside.

Nearby houses were evacuated and a total of 15 fire engines and 100 firefighters were deployed to manage the blaze and prevent it spreading to nearby properties.

Officers will now work with the fire investigators to understand the cause of the fire.

Superintendent Mabs Hussain added: “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.”

Albion Way itself remains closed at this time for safety reasons as does the A647 Armley Road both ways between the A647 Canal Street and Stanningley Road. There is little effect on the road network in the rest of the area.

No one has yet been reported injured as a result of the fire.

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