VIDEO: Explosions heard at huge fire at industrial building

A major fire has broken out at a former printing factory in the middle of Leeds.

The fire took hold at the old Polestar Petty premises on Whitehall Road at around 12.45pm today.

The fire started at around 12.45pm. pic Anthony Longstaff

The fire started at around 12.45pm. pic Anthony Longstaff

Thick clouds of smoke can currently be seen billowing from the roof of the site.

Explosions have been heard and flames are shooting up from the structure.

A section of the building’s roof is also ablaze. The factory closed at the end of 2014, nearly 150 years after Petty & Sons first began operating on Whitehall Road.