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Crews remain at scene of Grosvenor Chemicals fire


Les Fox captured footage of the fire

Firefighters have spent a second night at the scene of a fire at a chemicals factory near Huddersfield.

At its height in the early hours of Monday, more than 150 firefighters were involved in tackling the incident at Grosvenor Chemicals in Linthwaite.

Ten firefighters remained at the site on Tuesday as the fire continued to smoulder in a collapsed building.

The cause of the fire, which involved containers of pesticides and glue-based products, is not yet known.

West Yorkshire Fire Service said it was working alongside the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency to "monitor the situation".

Smoke plume

Work is continuing to analyse water samples from the nearby River Colne amid fears that foam used in the firefighting operation might prove dangerous to fish.

On Monday, air quality tests by the Environment Agency suggested that substances present in the smoke plume were not at significant enough levels to cause long-term health risks to the public.

The Health Protection Agency said the substances could irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes and worsen existing respiratory health problems, although this should be short-lived.

It advised anyone who experiences unusual breathing problems or other respiratory symptoms to call their family doctor or NHS Direct for advice.

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