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Leeds chemical storage site fire covers city in pall of smoke

22 April 2014

A huge fire on a Leeds industrial estate on April 21 caused a series of explosions and a large plume of smoke up over the city. Up to 80 firefighters tackled the blaze at Tradpak, a chemical packaging and recycling firm in Armley.  The fire was brought under control later that morning.

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People in the Leeds  city centre area were  warned to keep windows and doors closed due to potentially hazardous chemicals on the site.

The fire service said the building, which is close to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire, was used for chemical storage and there was a large amount of chemicals and cylinders at the site. The fire was brought under control later that morning.

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus reported that the fire was suspected to be the result of arson.


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