A massive fire broke out on Thursday afternoon at Dalton Mills, the disused West Yorkshire factory used on “Downton Abbey” and “Peaky Blinders” shoots.
Confirming the incident, the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service posted on their website: “We currently have fire engines & specialist units in attendance at a fire at Dalton Mills, Keighley. There is a lot of smoke in the area & residents are advised to keep doors/windows closed. Please avoid travelling through the area.”
“We have 20+ appliances in attendance at a fire in Dalton Mill in Keighley,” an update added. “100% of building involved in fire. Hose reel jets & aerial ladder platform in use. Appliances from neighbouring brigades are also in attendance. Partner agencies in attendance – Police, Ambulance, Yorkshire Water and Environment Agency.”
“There is a large fire service presence around the incident so please give crews space to do their job safely,” said a further update. “Please do not visit the area or travel into the area. Keep doors/windows closed.”
Screen Yorkshire executive Richard Knight described the fire as “a sad loss to the Yorkshire film-making landscape.”
“It’s one of those amazing locations that is like a destination in its own right,” Knight told the BBC. “It’s got the kind of provenance and scale that could attract film-makers from far and wide.”
As well as “Peaky Blinders” and “Downton Abbey,” Knight said that part of the site had been transformed into London’s Victorian-era East End for the 2016 film “The Limehouse Golem,” starring Bill Nighy.
The extent of the blaze was revealed by an image from television cameraman Malik Walton and footage from PM Breaking News.