ELECTRICAL faults were the cause of two of the biggest fires in West Yorkshire in recent months – including one in Keighley.

A blaze at a takeaway premises in South Street was attended by eight fire engines and 46 firefighters.

Details of the incident are included in a report by West Yorkshire Fire Authority into the period between October and December last year.

The quarterly reports detail all the fires that required six or more engines – there were four such fires in West Yorkshire during this period.

The fire that required the biggest response was the Keighley one, at Miraj Pizza Bar.

At 5am on Monday, October 7, crews were called to the business after reports of a fire in the basement.

At its height the inferno was tackled by crews from Keighley, Bingley, Silsden, Shipley, Illingworth, Leeds, Odsal and Fairweather Green.

The busy A629 was at least partially closed for much of the day as emergency services dealt with the incident.

Referring to the incident, the report says: “The cause of this fire is thought to be from faulty wiring, cabling, or plugs in the basement kitchen of the takeaway. Fire spread via voids in the false floor between the basement and ground floor and wall cavity and via the void in the false floor between the ground and first floor.”

The next biggest incident was a fire at Moston Supermarket in Girlington Road, Bradford. That fire started just after 9pm on November 28 and saw crews attend from Shipley, Bingley, Cleckheaton, Stanningley, Dewsbury and Illingworth.