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Huge fire destroys Peaky Blinders film set

Around 100 firefighters are battling a blaze at the scene of a former mill used on the set of Peaky Blinders.

Grade II listed Dalton Mills in Keighley dates back to the 19th century.

It was originally used as part of the textiles industry, and since has been featured on location for many TV series, also including The Great Train Robbery and Downton Abbey.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said that 100% of the building is on fire, with photos and video showing the site engulfed in flames.

‘There is a lot of smoke in the area and residents are advised to keep doors/windows closed,’ they said.

‘Please avoid travelling through the area.’

They said that they had sent 20 fire engines had been sent to the scene, along with hose reel jets and an aerial ladder platform.

Fire engines neighbouring brigades have also been sent, with police, ambulance, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency also attending.

The blaze broke out at around 2pm this afternoon and quickly tore through the brick building, built in 1869.

A description of its value as a filming location from production company Screen Yorkshire reads: ‘The distinctive mills offer a range of large scale spaces and historic features, including a large courtyard and recently renovated clock tower.

‘It is able to accommodate on site production offices and workshops and has suitable parking for facilities vehicles.

‘Dalton Mills is building a strong reputation as a filming location, thanks to its diverse range of industrial spaces, which offer an historic industrial backdrop as well as set build space, making it ideally suited to period dramas.’

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