Fire investigation at council hit list site

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A BLAZE at an abandoned building on a council hit list of shabby sites is being investigated by police.

Firefighters spent more than two hours on Tuesday evening bringing the fire at the former site of A1 Tyres under control.

The building in Wakefield Road is one of 11 derelict properties which Dewsbury Regeneration Board want s owners and landlords to repair as a matter of urgency.

Dewsbury Fire Station watch commander Richard Carr said crews arrived at 7.30pm to find a room in the ground floor alight.

“The damage was confined to one room on the ground floor,” he said. “It was covered in timber but luckily it had a concrete floor above. We had to use a lot of water to put it out.”

He said crews from Dewsbury fire station had been there quite a few times.

Mr Carr said: “It’s been targeted several times. I think it’s kids getting in there. They keep setting small fires inside the building.

“The problem is it’s a very dangerous building because there are holes in the floor.”

Police were called to control traffic during the fire and are now investigating the cause.

Meanwhile, council officers asked to trace the owners of the remaining hit list targets are making progress.

The owner of the Old Anchor pub in Mill Street West has withdrawn an appeal against a legal notice ordering him to demolish the building and clear the site. The work must now be completed within four months.

Elsewhere, some of the shabby signage identified above shops in Foundry Street has now been removed.