By Luke Andrews For Mailonline
Published: 15:04 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 08:50 GMT, 2 February 2020
A fire has broken out at a bakery in Wakefield, sending a huge plume of black smoke into the sky and shrouding nearby restaurants and shops in darkness.
Twenty fire engines and 140 firefighters have rushed to the scene at Speedibake in the city centre, West Yorkshire, to battle the blaze.
Police have been pictured wearing face masks and have told residents to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed, as it is feared the large cloud may contain 'airborne asbestos'.
A shopping centre less than a mile away has been evacuated and residents have been told to stay off the street.
Witnesses have reported hearing 'explosions' from the flaming bakery. No casualties or injuries have been reported.
Thick black smoke has been pictured billowing over Wakefield, West Yorkshire, this afternoon
The fire is reported to have started at Speedibakery in a retail park in the city centre
Pictures posted on social media show smoke rising above homes in Wakefield city centre
The huge plumes of smoke were pictured rising into the sky this afternoon from Westgate Retail and Leisure Park, near a Cineworld cinema, Frankie & Benny's restaurant and other businesses.
The fire brigade, which is using breathing apparatus, hose reel jets, large jets and aerial ladders, said 75 per cent of the bakery's ground floor has been damaged in the blaze.
Police are diverting buses out of the city centre, Arriva Yorkshire buses have said. Road closures are also in place around the retail park to