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VIDEO: Police cordon in place in Halifax town centre following suspected arson

Police are on the scene after a suspicious fire started at Arrans Solicitors on Waterhouse Street early this morning.

A police cordon was put in place outside the Crown Coffee House and Halifax YMCA shop, where open windows above Arrans Solicitors revealed blackened windows.

A police cordon outside the Crown Coffee House on Waterhouse Street.

A police cordon outside the Crown Coffee House on Waterhouse Street.

Trading at surrounding businesses continued soon afterwards.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "Officers remain at the scene and enquiries are ongoing. We are treating the incident as arson."

Earlier a spokesperson for West Yorkshire Fire Service said: "A crew responded to reports of smoke coming from a second floor window on Waterhouse Street at 4:20am this morning (Thursday).

"On arrival they found a fire at a commercial property and used two hose reels and four breathing apparatus."