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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.

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