A HOUSE under construction was badly damaged in a blaze last night.

The three-storey, semi-detached property was well alight when firefighters arrived at the scene.

They used two large water jets to bring the fire under control.

Investigations are under way into how the blaze, at Staincliffe Drive, Keighley, started.

"The whole house was involved in the fire but credit to our crews – their quick actions prevented it spreading to the adjoining property," said Keighley Fire Station watch commander, Jon Macdonald.

"Much of the internal building work on the house was still to be completed – and there's no gas, electricity or water to it – but from the outside it looked complete, with roof, doors and windows.

"We had the fire under control quite quickly and once it was extinguished, we moved inside to damp down.

"At this stage, the cause of the fire is unclear."

The alarm was raised shortly after 9.30pm by a nearby resident.

Crews from Keighley and Silsden fire stations attended and were at the scene for about three hours.