10 October 2014

Around 30 people were evacuated from business premises in Bradford after a fire broke out in a neighbouring industrial unit. Roads around the scene were also closed.

Eight fire pumps plus support appliances attended the fire which started in a garage yesterday (9 October). At its height, 70 firefighters tackled the blaze.

District Commander for Bradford, Martin Speed, explained: "The fire was discovered by mechanics working within the garage who then raised the alarm.

"Before the fire service’s arrival they attempted to put the fire out using handheld extinguishers but were unable to do so. Fortunately no-one was hurt.

"On our arrival workers were also attempting to remove vehicles away from the site, however, a handful of cars have been destroyed by fire."

The fire significantly damaged the roof of the garage. Crews managed to stop the fire spreading to adjoining properties, which escaped with only smoke damage.

DC Speed added: "The smoke from this fire could be seen for miles around, however, our crews have worked quickly to get the blaze under control and prevent further spreading."

"A full investigation into the cause will be carried out in due course."

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.