Suspected Gas Explosion In Batley

The scene in Batley. Photo: Baz Bunn

Emergency services have been at the scene overnight.

Five people have been taken to hospital after a suspected gas explosion in Batley.

Emergency services were called to the junction of Hick Lane and Bradford Road at 6.47pm last night to reports of a loud noise.

It's not thought that anyone has suffered life threatening injuries. 

Below is the scene in Batley today where roads surrounding the area remain closed.

The bomb squad are also in attendance. 

 

 

 

Chief Inspector Wayne Horner of West Yorkshire Police said:

“I understand that this will have caused concern amongst the community; residents can be reassured that Police along with our partners from the other emergency services are on scene dealing with the incident.”

The incident was initially attended by 10 fire engines however this was reduced to five.

Firefighters were at the scene overnight and there are some concerns over the structural stability of the building.

Road closures remain in place and people are being told to avoid the area.

 

Sam Macintyre posted a video of the scene on Twitter: 

 

The Mayor of Kirklees tweeted to say her thoughts are with everyone affected:

 

Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin tweeted:

 

The MP also tweeted her thanks to the emergency services dealing with the incident.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the explosion.

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