Flames leap through roof as blaze wrecks old nightclub.

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A huge fire has destroyed a former nightclub in the centre of Leeds.

Firefighters from across West Yorkshire including Halifax, Illingworth and Elland tackled the blaze at the old Majestyk Nightclub near the city’s railway station throughout the night.

Four pumps remained at the scene this morning with pockets of fire still reportedly burning inside the Grade II Listed building was formerly home to the Majestic cinema and was built in 1921.

The nightclub shut several years ago and the building has recently undergone refurbishment, with plans to open a leisure venue.

West Yorkshire Fire services said they were alerted to the blaze at around 7.20pm and sent 10 fire engines and up to 75 officers.

Dave Walton, assistant chief fire officer said it was a “massive incident”.

He said crews found a fire on the second floor and the blaze was “rapidly spreading to the roof”.

“Because it’s been in the roof it’s very difficult for us to access.

“We are doing what we can to protect the structure of the building but unfortunately the roof has really disappeared.”

Investigators were waiting to get into the shell of the building this morning to establish the cause of the fire which at its height saw flames leaping through the roof and smoke billowing hundreds of feet into the skyline

Many roads around City Square in Leeds remained shut today with diversions to drivers and buses in place.