Blaze damages former Batley Hospital site

Blaze damages former Batley Hospital site

FIREFIGHTERS remain at the site of the former Batley General Hospital today following a large blaze yesterday afternoon (Sun).

The disused building, on Carlinghow Hill, was engulfed in flames with fire crews attending from around 4.10pm. 

Smoke could be seen from several miles away.

A total of 10 fire engines and two aerial platforms from Dewsbury, Bradford, Ossett, Leeds and Halifax were needed to put out the fire at the former hospital, which closed in 1988.

Firefighters are likely to remain on site all day to ensure the fire is fully extinguished.

Originally built in 1878, the former hospital became a care home after it was closed, and was due to be used as the new home of the Zakaria Muslim Girls High School, but that plan has so far not come to fruition.

Nobody was hurt during the blaze and investigators are expected to visit the scene to establish how the fire started.

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