Devastating gas explosion averted in Yorkshire
12 March 2012
Fire chiefs commended firefighters for containing a fire before it reached hazardous substances at a former bakery in Ravensthorpe, near.Huddersfield, on March 9. Twelve crews tackled the blaze, and succeeded in preventing a “devastating” gas explosion in the heart of the town. Other than LPG cylinders, the site also contained asbestos sheeting.
Half of the former Newton House Bakery building measuring 100 by 60 metres was damaged in the fire, which was extinguished after five hours. Local reports said it was most likely caused by an electrical fault.