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Fire at pallet storage shed off the A58, Whitehall Road.
Fire at pallet storage shed off the A58, Whitehall Road.

EXPLOSIVE acetylene canisters forced one of Calderdale’s busiest roads to close after a shed fire.

Four fire crews from Brighouse, Halifax, Elland and Odsal were called to the blaze off the A58 Whitehall Road in Lightcliffe at 10.17am, close to the junction of Rookes Lane, Norwood Green.

Teams had to move the potentially explosive canisters away from the flames and spent over two hours cooling them down.

The shed was burnt down by the fire which also spread to some of the nearby wooden pallets being stored on the site.

Firefighters and police closed the stretch of the road at the Wyke Lion to the White Horse pub on Syke Lane in Lightcliffe as a precaution with concerns over the potential canisters exploding.

Residents in Norwood Green village were also unable to access the road as Rookes Lane was closed.

The closure of the road caused disruption to the surrounding roads with Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, coming to a crawl as motorists tried to find alternative routes.

Fire chiefs decided that there was no danger and re-opened the road at 12.30pm with one appliance remaining at the scene to monitor the situation.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation.