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Huge fire breaks out at Islamic girls' school in Bradford

Firefighters descended upon an Islamic girls school in Bradford today after a huge fire sent thick plumes of smoke over the city. 

Six crews from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched to the school in the Clayton area at 8.16am.    

There were no staff or students inside the building at the time of the fire, according to a local imam.  

Firefighters from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched to the school in the Clayton area of Bradford at 8.16am

Crews from Fairweather Green, Odsal, Bradford, Leeds, Stanningley, Illingworth, Shipley & Halifax currently dealing with the huge blaze

The fire is believed to have started at the Jaamiatul Imaam Muhammad Zakaria school, according to reports. 

Yorkshire Ambulance Service's Hazardous Area Response Team are also in attendance, Yorkshire Live reports.    

Today dramatic images showed bright orange flames erupting from the roof of the building as fire crews tried to tackle the fire. 

In a statement the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: 'Crews from Fairweather Green, Odsal, Bradford, Leeds, Stanningley, Illingworth, Shipley & Halifax currently dealing with a building fire at a school on Thornton View Road, Bradford. '

Imam Abu Sulaym tweeted: 'Jaamia Girls Darul Uloom, Bradford has caught fire. Alahmdulillah, no staff or students inside besides security.

'Pray 2 rakats, make du'a and offer some sadaqah for relief from this museebat.' 

Meanwhile Bradford Council tweeted: '@WYFRS are dealing with a fire within one of the buildings at a school on Thornton View Road BD14. 

Dramatic images showed bright orange flames erupting from the roof of the building this morning

Plumes of smoke billowed across the sky as fire crews tried to tackle the huge blaze

'Take care if you are in the area and allow space for the crews to access the area.' 

A resident told Yorkshire Live: 'The main part of the school the newer buildings look ok it looks like the main old building which I believe used to be a hospital which was on fire.'    

West Yorkshire Police said: 'Police were called at 8.43am today (Saturday) to a report of a fire at a school building in Thornton View Road, Clayton.

'Enquiries are ongoing with the fire service into the cause of the blaze.'

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