A titan in flames

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SCORES of firefighters toiled through the night battling a massive blaze at a Halifax factory.

People living near Titan Works in Claremount Road, Boothtown, were evacuated from their homes until the teams could be sure the huge fire would not spread.

At its peak, more than 40 firefighters were tackling the flames at the now-derelict factory.

Crews from across Calderdale were alerted by a member of the public at 9.30pm on Thursday.

Eight engines were sent out as well as two aerial appliances - one the new combined aerial rescue pump recently brought to Halifax Fire Station.

Police shut off several roads around the factory and the force’s helicopter was called on to use its thermal imaging technology to look for heat hotspots.

Area manager Ian Bitcon said around 65 per cent of the two-floor building was on fire, with flames burning through the roof and bringing large clumps of it crashing down.

Crowds of people who live nearby stood to watch the emergency services as they fought to put the fire out.

Many also captured the scene on camera and send some of these photos in to the Courier.

Fire investigators were back at the site yesterday trying to work out how the blaze started.

The police are understood to be working with them and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.