Residents to return to homes after North Featherstone explosions - UPDATED

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HUNDREDS of residents forced to flee their homes after a series of explosions in North Featherstone are expected to be given permission to return tonight.

Sixty-two properties in the town were evacuated after a blaze at Welburn Transport in Church Lane at around 5.30pm on Thursday.

Thirty firefighters from Featherstone, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley tackled the fire and saved nine nearby homes from being ravaged by flames.

A West Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman said: “Around 100 residents from homes within 200m of the garage were evacuated last night while firefighters cooled acetylene cylinders which were in danger of exploding.

“According to brigade safety procedures, acetylene cylinders must be cooled for 24 hours before they can be safely removed, which means the cordon is expected to be lifted at 8pm tonight.

“Specialist fire investigation officers continue to work alongside West Yorkshire Police to establish a cause.”

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