Arson attack spreads to Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway sustained an estimated £30,000 worth of damage after a fire that gutted a nearby builders’ merchant spread to the attraction.

Having cancelled its steam operations because of the heatwave, the second day of the line’s July 14/15 Leeds Diesels on Display gala was cancelled on police advice, as 100 firefighters tackled a blaze at the Jewson store in Lake Terrace, from where occupants of around 30 terraced houses were evacuated.

The gutted Palvan with most of the contents destroyed. MR

The blaze, believed to have been arson, spread to the railway where a Palvan, a four-wheeled box van, was destroyed, the exterior of the main building was scorched and the outdoor PA speaker ruined.

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