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Keighley mills fire treated as arson with five people arrested

The fire at Dalton Mills is being treated as arson with five people arrested in connection to the blaze.

Police are treating a fire at a mill in Keighley yesterday, Thursday 3 March, as arson.

Five arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Yesterday lunchtime a fire broke out at Dalton Mills, in Dalton Lane, Keighley, where the likes of Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders were filmed.

Footage on social media showed flames engulfing the Grade-II listed building. No one was in the building at the time.

Over 100 firefighters were on the scene at the height of the blaze, with twenty pumps called out just before midday.

A police cordon was put in place and people living nearby were told to keep their windows and doors closed and say people should avoid travelling to the area.

Dalton Mills dates back to the 19th century and was once the largest textile mill in Yorkshire, employing over 2,000 workers.

MP for Keighley Ilkey, Robbie Moore (Cons) said yesterday: “It has been absolutely devastating to watch Dalton Mills, one of Keighley’s jewels burn to the core.

“I can’t thank our emergency services enough for all their efforts, bravery & heroism today in dealing with this horrific incident.”

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police, said: “Bradford CID would like to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious around 11.30am – 12pm. They are also looking for drivers who were in the area at the time who might have dash cam to come forward.”

Any information can be given to Bradford CID via 101 or the live chat facility at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus quoting crime ref 13220116901.

Information can also be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11.

Dalton Lane is still closed between School Lane (near Kia Motors) and Riverside and the cordon is still in place.

Bradford Council has said businesses need to report to the officer on the cordon for access to their properties.

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