Explosion causes 'significant damage' at Castleford house - everything we know so far

A Castleford house was badly damaged after an explosion and fire - this is everything we know so far.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:54 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:56 pm

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed yesterday (Thursday) that they had been called to reports of a fire on Bryan Close, Castleford.

During the blaze, a large explosion was reported at the property, causing significant damage to the house.

Five crews were called to help tackle the blaze, and nearby homes were reportedly evacuated.

A Castleford house was badly damaged after an explosion and fire - this is everything we know so far. Photo: Debbie Stevens.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles around, and photos from the scene show smoke-damaged walls and windows on the building.

A spokesperson for WYFRS said: "We were called at 13.27 to reports of a fire in a property on Bryan Close in Castleford.

"Five fire engines attended.

"Crews are still damping down with three fire engines still in attendance, plus an aerial ladder platform.

A Castleford house was badly damaged after an explosion and fire - this is everything we know so far. Photo: Debbie Stevens.

"An explosion occurred in the property causing significant damage."

In a tweet, Wakefield Council also warned people to avoid the area while they tackled the blaze."

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have been contacted for more information as it becomes available.