Major fire at Geldards Coaches premises

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The premises of Geldards Coaches of Leeds has been severely damage in a fire, along with some of the operator’s vehicles.

At 1503hrs on Thursday, August 6, 2015, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service received the first of a number of calls to a fire at Geldards Coaches at Unit 1 Ashfield Way, Leeds.

The first crews responded from both Morley and Hunslet fire stations but quickly called for reinforcements from across the West Yorkshire area.

The fire involved a two storey building and a number of buses and coaches. The building also contained a number of gas cylinders and a diesel storage tank which presented extra hazards.

In total, 10 fire engines, two aerial platforms and a number of supporting officers and vehicles attended the scene. Three vehicles were damaged in the blaze and 50% of the coach repair workshop was destroyed, according to a spokeswoman from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Although a probe was ongoing as CBW went to press, early indications are that the cause of the fire is accidental – possibly welding related.