Fire breaks out in city as black smoke engulfs cars – residents told stay away

A fire has broken out in Wakefield with roads closed and smoke billowing across the city.

The blaze started at a Speedibake bakery and residents have warned others to stay away from the Lupset area of the West Yorkshire city.

Emergency services have now raced to Westgate to contain the fire.

A Cineworld cinema has also been placed on lockdown in a nearby shopping centre.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed in a statement: "Emergency services are currently in attendance at a building fire at Westgate Retail Park in Wakefield."

"Roads around the area are closed, people are being asked to avoid the area. No injuries have been reported."

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One resident tweeted: “Huge fire in Wakefield centre, most terrifying experience, thick black smoke, literally could not breathe.

“Drove next to the factory (before we realised the extent of the fire). Everyone stay away from the area.”

Another said: “Huge amount of thick acrid smoke coming from Lupset a couple of miles away from here.

“I had to shut the windows as the smell was putrid. I hear a lot of fire engines racing to it as I speak.”

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Bus company Arriva has announced that a large number of services are being diverted by police due to the smoke, causing delays.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh said: “Dramatic fire at Speedibake in Wakefield right now.

“Visited the doughnut line a couple of years back.

“Thoughts with staff, firefighters & police dealing with blaze. Hope all are safe.”

Daily Star Online has approached West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for comment.

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