Drummond Mill Fire Update

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Firefighters remain at the scene of Lumb Lane today working alongside demolition crews today following last Thursday’s large-scale blaze.

Four fire engines are onsite and firefighters are making the scene safe as demolition crews bring down the remains of the mill, in what has been described as an “intricate process”.

Following a multi-agency meeting today, it was established that Lumb Lane is likely to stay closed to vehicles until Wednesday afternoon. It is hoped that Lumb Lane can be opened to pedestrians tomorrow afternoon. There is currently a cordon in place to allow safe access to the Barrack Tavern pub, which will be accessible by this evening.

Due to the extensive fire damage and the fact the mill is being demolished, Fire Investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the blaze.

The fire started in the basement area in the north-east corner of the complex shortly before 11.30am on January 28. Despite the best efforts of firefighters to contain the blaze, it spread rapidly due to the quantity and type of storage within the mill.

District Commander for Bradford, Martin Speed, said: “The demolition process is a very intricate one which must be taken step by step.

“As different areas are exposed to oxygen, hotspots are flaring up again and firefighters are extinguishing flames as they appear.

“At this moment in time the two gable ends of the mill are still standing but could collapse so it’s essential that the area remains cordoned.

“Realistically, it is unlikely that Lumb Lane will open to traffic before Wednesday afternoon which means a handful of businesses will not be able to access their premises.

“We hope the local community can bear with us whilst we carry out this essential process with care.”

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