Dramatic photos show firefighters tackling devastating blaze at Skelmanthorpe mill

These dramatic photographs show firefighters tackling a devastating blaze at a derelict mill near Huddersfield.

The fire, which took hold of the old mill in Skelmanthorpe, required a large emergency response, with eight crews from nearby stations in attendance at the 900sq metre building.

Firefighters from Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, Halifax, Holmfirth, Ossett, Rastrick, Dewsbury, Mirfield, Featherstone and Garforth rushed to the scene at 2.17am yesterday (Tuesday, January 11, 2022).

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The first floor of the mill had been completely engulfed by the flames, which required the use of aerial appliances in parts.

Crews split the fire into two “sectors”, with sector one tackled by ground crew using breathing apparatus and two large jets.

Eight crews attended and aerial appliance was required in parts
Eight crews attended and aerial appliance was required in parts
(Image: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue)

The second sector was tackled by crews using the aerial appliance and two hand-held jets.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “Crews from across @WYFRS attended an incident at a disused mill in Skelmanthorpe earlier this week.

“Eight crews attended the mill complex along with an aerial appliance.”

Dramatic photographs show the scale of the fire, which had completely ravaged the roof of the mill and left a startling red glow against the night sky.

By 5.10am crews were damping down the scene using three large jets.

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