Firefighters tackle blaze at Elland flat

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FIREFIGHTERS battled a blaze at a flat in Elland this afternoon.

They were called to the three-storey block in Langdale Street at around 2pm after a passer-by spotted smoke and alerted a ground floor resident.

The fire started in the bedroom of a second-floor flat, which was badly damaged.

Nobody was at home and none of the building’s other residents were harmed.

Elland watch commander Mick Pollard praised his team’s work.

“It was quite heavily smoke-logged and there was quite intense heat - arduous conditions,” he said.

“The flat was fitted with a fire alarm but it wasn’t working. If it had been working we probably would have been alerted to it a lot sooner.

“It was a slow burner which is why there was a lot of damage.”

Firefighters fitted smoke detectors in all the flats after putting out the fire.

Its cause is being investigated but it is not being treated as suspicious.