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**UPDATE 5:00pm 23rd November – Fire Now Out**

The fire on Upper Castle Street in Bradford has now been extinguished and firefighters who are left on the scene are currently damping down, following more than a week of work to tackle the large fire.

At its height, around 100 firefighters and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) officers attended the blaze at an old go-kart track when it started last week – Monday 16 November.

After seven days of tireless work, there are still around 15 firefighters and officers on the scene with three fire engines in attendance damping down. They are likely to remain on the scene for the next few days while this continues.

The complex response has seen hundreds of firefighters brought in, specialist foam and millions of litres of water used to put the burning tyres out, and teams from various partner agencies brought in to support communities, work on the site to help firefighters tackle the flames and make the area as safe as possible including the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Council, and Public Health England.

What started out as a fire involving thousands of tyres has been extinguished using heavy plant machinery, supplied by Bradford Council to get into the seat of the fire and specialist foam and water application.

Bradford District Commander for WYFRS, Benjy Bush, said: “This has been a challenging incident, with many of our firefighters from across the Service brought in to help tackle this large fire. It has had a huge impact on the people of Bradford over the last seven days and I would once again like to thank everyone for their patience and support while we brought the fire under control – I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this past week must have been for people who live, work and have businesses in the surrounding area.

“We’ve worked tirelessly over the last seven days, making progress at every step. Tyre fires are often complex due to the types of materials that are involved – they contain high levels of fuel and burn at high temperatures. Once ignited, large quantities of tyres are difficult to extinguish as they start to melt and form a crust over the top, while still burning underneath. As well as this, as many residents will now unfortunately know, tyre fires produce large amounts of thick black smoke which can contain toxic gases. This smoke can be harmful to public health and also the environment.

“Over the next few days, we will still be on site but now that the fire has been extinguished we’re able to move in to the next phase of our response ready to hand the site over to the site operator and landowner.”

Bradford Council Leader Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said: “We are relieved the fire has finally been extinguished.  It’s caused untold misery to residents and businesses in the area.  I want to particularly thank the emergency services – firefighters, police and council emergency staff for the extraordinary work they have done in fighting the blaze and dealing with its consequences.

“Bradford Council Emergency Management staff continue to work at the scene with our partner services.

“Wardens and neighbourhood teams continue to work on the ground assisting the public and businesses.

“Staff from adult social care will continue to work with the vulnerable adults’ teams in health and wellbeing to support clinically vulnerable adults and people receiving home care.

“Teams in education and public health continue to work with local schools to provide advice and support.”

Chief Inspector Steve Greenbank, of Bradford District Police, said: “We would like to thank all the public’s support with the road closures, which has caused a lot of disruption to local businesses. It has been a challenging incident and one that has needed a team effort from all of the services within Bradford District.”

The smoke has significantly reduced since the fire was extinguished, but Public Health advice is that if you are still affected by the smoke and it is still in your area, keep doors and windows shut and minimise exposure if you must go out. If the smoke isn’t affecting where you live, you can take the opportunity to ventilate your property.

Some roads in the area remain closed – Parma Street junction with Upper Castle Street and Mill Lane, on the junctions of Nelson Street and Fitzwilliam Street.

All train lines that were affected last week reopened on Saturday, 21 November.

 

**UPDATE 2:00pm 23rd November**

The fire at Upper Castle Street, Bradford is out. Crews remain on the scene damping down and will do for a few days to come. More updates to follow.

**UPDATE 01:30 23rd November 2020**

There are 3 fire engines still in attendance.

We are currently using 1 large jet and 2 ground monitors.

**UPDATE 17:00 22nd November 2020**

There are 3 fire engines still in attendance.

We are currently using 1 large jet and 2 ground monitors.

There is still disruption on some train services in the area. Please visit the National Rail Enquiries website (www.nationalrail.co.uk) and social media accounts for the most up to date information.

** UPDATE 03:00 22nd November 2020 **

There are three fire engines still in attendance.

We are currently using 2 large jets and 2 ground monitors to extinguish the fire.

There is still disruption on some train services in the area. Please visit the National Rail Enquiries website (www.nationalrail.co.uk) and social media accounts for the most up to date information.

 

 

**UPDATE 16:00hrs 21st November 2020**

The incident has now been reduced to three fire engines on scene.

We are currently using 1 ground monitor and 1 large jet to extinguish the fire.

There is still disruption on some train services in the area. Please visit the National Rail Enquiries website (www.nationalrail.co.uk) and social media accounts for the most up to date information.

 

**UPDATE 01:30am 21st November**

We still have four fire engines on scene throughout the night

We are currently using 2 jets, 1 hose reel and 2 ground monitors to extinguish the fire.

There is still disruption on some train services in the area. Please visit the National Rail Enquiries website (www.nationalrail.co.uk) and social media accounts for the most up to date information.

 

**UPDATE 5:00pm 20th November**

We still have four fire engines on the scene this evening.

There is still disruption on some train services in the area. Please visit the National Rail Enquiries website (www.nationalrail.co.uk) and social media accounts for the most up to date information.

**UPDATE 9:20am 20th November**

We have five fire engines and a CARP on scene as of this morning.

Keep an eye on Bradford Council’s social media accounts for updates on road closures.

Follow Network Rail and Northern for updates on train services.

**UPDATE 6:00pm 19th November**

Eight fire engines and one aerial ladder appliance remain in attendance this evening.

The following roads remain closed:

Parma St junction with Upper Castle St
Mill Lane junction with Nelson St
Mill Lane junction with Fitzwilliam St
All other roads are now open.

HGVs can’t enter Pitcliffe Way Industrial Estate but cars & vans can.

 

**UPDATE 9:00am 19th November **

We have eight fire engines and one aerial ladder appliance at the scene this morning.

Some road closures remain in place – keep an eye on the Bradford Council social media accounts for regular updates on this.


** UPDATE 5:00pm 18th November **

We currently have six fire engines, two aerial ladder and one foam appliance at the scene.

Work has continued throughout today with our crews using water and foam to tackle the fire. Our partners have also remained on the scene, including Bradford Council who provided machinery to help clear some of the site so that we could get closer to the seat of the fire.

Thank you to everyone, including businesses in the community, for your patience and support while we continue to tackle this fire.

Some road closures remain in place – please check the Bradford Council social media accounts for regular updates.


**UPDATE 11:00am 18th November**

The current roads are still closed around the incident:

  • Parma Street junction Spring Mill Street
  • Ripley Street junction Spring Mill Street
  • Ripley Street junction Upper Castle Street
  • Mill Lane junction Manchester Road
  • Mill Lane junction Ripley Street
  • Ripley Street junction Ripley Road
  • Nelson Street junction Caledonia Street
  • Fitzwilliam Street junction Mill Lane


**UPDATE 9:00am 18th November**

5 Fire engines and 2 aerial appliances remain at the scene this morning.

A number of roads remain closed – Follow Bradford Council on social media for all the details.

 

**UPDATE 6:00pm – 17th November**

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and key partners in the response to the fire in Bradford are thanking the community for their support and patience while they tackle the fire, and are asking people to stay safe while work continues.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was called just after 3am yesterday, Monday 16 November, to reports of a fire on Upper Castle Street in Bradford.

Fire engines headed to the scene immediately and within the first couple of hours there were almost 100 WYFRS firefighters and officers on the scene tackling the blaze, with 15 fire engines and two aerial ladder appliances in attendance.

The multi-agency response has seen WYFRS, West Yorkshire Police, the Environment Agency, Bradford Council, Public Health England and other key partners work together to get the blaze under control and keep people in the surrounding area safe.

Numerous roads in the area have been closed and rail services that run through Bradford Interchange have been affected (a full list of the current changes can be found below).

As the sun goes down this evening, Tuesday 17 November, there are still around 60 firefighters and WYFRS officers on the scene working to bring the fire under control, including specialist teams using foam.

District Commander for Bradford in WYFRS, Benjy Bush, said: “Crews have been working tirelessly over the last 38 hours to bring this fire under control, and we are succeeding but there is still work to be done.

“Since yesterday morning our crews have been using aerial appliances and our specialist high volume pump to tackle the blaze. Today, we introduced foam to further tackle the flames that are still burning. This can generate more smoke, and with the amount already significant we would like to remind people to stay inside as much as possible and keep their windows and doors shut.

“We and our partners are absolutely committed to keeping people safe and we will continue to work night and day until this incident is resolved.”

Bradford Council Chief Executive, Kersten England, said: “I want to thank West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for the work they’ve put in round the clock to deal with this huge fire. It’s been really hard for local people and businesses.

“We have had teams working night and day to help support residents and businesses affected and will continue to do so for as long as is necessary.

“Anyone in an area affected by the smoke is asked to please continue to follow the advice to stay indoors with their windows and doors closed.

“This is a major incident and it has required a major response from the Fire Service as well as colleagues in West Yorkshire Police, the Environment Agency, Public Health England, the Council and other key partners all working together to keep people safe.”

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “Our officers have been on site throughout the night and are still there providing advice to the fire service and our partners to help control the fire. They are also working to ensure fire-fighting water does not present a flood risk to nearby properties.

“We are also monitoring the water quality of Bowling Beck to ensure that no pollution is coming from the fire or from firefighting surface water.

“We are investigating the operators of this site following reports to our Incident Hotline about the suspected illegal storage of waste tyres. There are strict rules governing the storage of waste tyres, which are designed to help prevent fires and to protect people and the environment. Our immediate priority is to support the multi-agency response.”

Public Health England advice is that as smoke can be an irritant and if people need to be outdoors they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.

Chemicals in the smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma. People with asthma should carry their inhaler.

The roads that are currently closed:

  • Albany Street
  • Springmill Street junction Manchester Road
  • Parma Street junction Spring Mill St
  • Wood Road junction Spring Mill Street junction Tilley Square
  • Ripley Street junction Upper Castle Street
  • Bowling Old Lane junction Manchester Road
  • Mill Lane junction Manchester Road
  • Mill Lane junction Ripley Street
  • Ripley Street junction Manchester Road
  • Ripley Street junction Ripley Road plus hose
  • Nelson Street junction Caledonia Street
  • Fitwilliam Street junction Mill Lane
  • Bowling Old Lane junction Ripley Street
  • Caledonia Street junction Edward Street
  • Croft Street junction Nelson Street

Rail links affected: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/updates/travel-alerts/2736-major-disruption-between-leeds-and-manchester-victoria

 

**UPDATE 4:00pm – 17th November **

The roads that are currently closed are:

  • Albany Street
  • Springmill Street junction Manchester Road
  • Parma Street junction Spring Mill St
  • Wood Road junction Spring Mill Street junction Tilley Square
  • Ripley Street junction Upper Castle Street
  • Bowling Old Lane junction Manchester Road
  • Mill Lane junction Manchester Road
  • Mill Lane junction Ripley Street
  • Ripley Street junction Manchester Road
  • Ripley Street junction Ripley Road plus hose
  • Nelson Street junction Caledonia Street
  • Fitwilliam Street junction Mill Lane
  • Bowling Old Lane junction Ripley Street
  • Caledonia Street junction Edward Street
  • Croft Street junction Nelson Street

**UPDATE 1:00pm – 17th November**

The same number of crews are still on the scene as this morning. They are still working hard to tackle the blaze, using a variety of techniques including large water platforms and foam.

People in the area are advised to continue to keep doors and windows closed.

**UPDATE 8:00am – 17th November**

9 Fire engines & 2 aerial appliances are still in attendance at the large fire on Upper Castle Street, Bradford, this morning.
 
We’re continuing to advise all local residents to keep windows & doors closed, and for people to avoid travelling through the area.
 
Various road closures remain in place – Follow Bradford Council
Disruption and cancellation to trains is ongoing – Follow National Rail

**UPDATE 6:00pm**

There are still 15 fire engines and 2 aerial appliances in attendance at the fire on Upper Castle Street, Bradford.

Crews will remain in attendance overnight. Please avoid travelling through this area.

** UPDATE 4.00pm **

We are still working alongside West Yorkshire Police and the following roads are closed:

  • Spring Mill Street junction Manchester Road
  • Parmer Street from Spring Mill St
  • Wood Road at the end of Spring Mill Street
  • Upper Castle Street junction Ripley Street
  • Bowling Old Lane junction Manchester Road
  • Mill Lane from Manchester Road
  • Mill Lane from Bolling Road
  • Ripley Street from Manchester Road
  • Ripley Street from Ripley Road
  • Nelson Street junction Caledonia St
  • Fitzwilliam Street junction Mill Lane
  • Bowling Old Lane junction Ripley St

** UPDATE 3:30pm**

Crews remain in attendance at the scene.

Due to the amount of smoke, residents to the east of the incident, the East Bowling Area, are advised to keep windows & doors shut.

Road closures and diversions and cancellations to trains are still in place.

Please avoid travelling through this area.

**UPDATE 9:00am**

Around 100 Firefighters and officers remain on scene tackling the blaze.

Road closures are still in place and there are diversions and cancellations on the trains between Leeds, Bradford and Halifax and passengers who have to travel today are advised to check the details of their journey with Northern before they do.

**UPDATE 6:25am**

We are working alongside West Yorkshire Police and the following road closures are in place.

Upper Castle Street
Ripley Street
Junction of Manchester Road & Mill Lane
Spring Mill Street Junction with Palmer Street
Bolling Road

Train services running through the Bradford Interchange station have been cancelled or diverted.

**UPDATE 5:14am**

Make pumps 15.

15 Fire Engines & 2 aerial appliances are now in attendance.

Due to the large amount of smoke, we’re continuing to advise all residents to the East of the incident – East Bowling – to keep windows & doors shut.

We’re also asking people to please avoid travelling through this area.

All persons are accounted for.

**4:27am**

Large fire involving numerous scrap tyres.

10 Fire Engines are currently on scene.

Large amount of smoke being given off – All residents in the immediate vicinity to the East of the incident – East Bowling Area – are advised to keep windows and doors shut.

**In attendance**

Crews from Odsal, Fairweather Green, Bradford, Cleckheaton, Featherstone, Dewsbury, Shipley, Rawdon, Illingworth, Halifax, Huddersfield, Morley and Skelmanthorpe are in attendance.

 

Statement 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are currently in attendance at a large fire on Upper Castle Street, Bradford.

We were called at 03.09 hours this morning, 16th November, to reports of a fire in the East Bowling area of Bradford.

We currently have 15 fire engines and 2 aerial ladder platforms in attendance – there are around 100 fire fighters and WYFRS officers on the scene.

All persons are accounted for.

Due to the large amount of smoke, we’re advising all residents in the vicinity to the east of the incident – the East Bowling Area – to please keep windows and doors shut.

We are also asking people to avoid travelling through this area.

This is a multi-agency response, and we are working alongside West Yorkshire Police, Network Rail, and other partners.

The following road closures are currently in place:

  • Upper Castle Street
  • Ripley Street
  • Manchester Road (junction with Mill Lane)
  • Spring Mill Street (junction with Palmer Street)
  • Bolling Road.

These are expected to remain in place for the next few hours

There are diversions and cancellations on the trains between Leeds, Bradford and Halifax and passengers who have to travel today are advised to check the details of their journey with Northern before they do.

 

Location

Upper Castle Street, Bradford