Hinchliffe’s Mill, Denby Dale.
Firefighters spent two hours tacking a blaze at a Denby Dale textile firm Crews from Huddersfield, Skelmanthorpe and Barnsley attended the fire at Hartcliffe Mills in the early hours of this morning.
The cause of the blaze at the premises, belonging to Z Hinchliffe & Sons Ltd, is now under investigation. The fire broke out on the site at around 1.50am and the owner rushed to the Wakefield Road premises after hearing the bells on the sprinkler system sounding.
He used a fire extinguisher to put out a fire on one of the floors while he waited for the fire crews to arrive. A spokesman for Huddersfield Fire Station said: “The owner must live nearby as he heard the bell sounding and he fought the fire at the early stages with an extinguisher.
“Skelmanthorpe were the first to arrive and were met by him. “The sprinkler system had done its job and put most of the fire out. “There was more than one seat of fire, on the second floor as well as the first floor. “We sent a team onto the second floor to make sure it was put and they then came down to check the first floor. “Our positive pressure ventilation fans then blew the smoke out.”
The spokesman said that only minor damage was caused, with slight burning to the flooring as well as some smoke damage and water damage from the sprinklers. Bales of wool were being stored on both floors of the two storey mill but these did not worsen the fire.
The spokesman added: “Because the wool bales were so tightly packed it would have been hard for them to burn because there was no air in them – they were smouldering rather than burning. “With these kinds of buildings you get many years of grease from the machines and fleeces in the floorboards.
“If there had been no sprinklers the fire would have burned really well.” Z Hinchliffe & Sons is a family-owned firm and supplies lambswool, cashmere, camel hair and angora products to both to the UK and worldwide knitwear industries. Following the blaze, a fire investigation officer attended at the site to investigate the cause.