Man killed in pie blast as factory explodes

ONE man was killed and another person was seriously injured in an explosion at a pie factory today.

The gas explosion trapped seven people at Andrew Jones Pies, on Leeds Road, Huddersfield, just after 5am, West Yorkshire Fire Service said.

More than 40 firefighters were called to the scene from across West Yorkshire.

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The blast caused a fire and roof collapse at the building, according to a fire service spokeswoman.

She said specialist teams were sent inside with cutting gear to make it safe.

An ambulance service spokesman said two units were sent just after 5am. One person was taken to hospital and four walking wounded were treated at the scene. The Urban Search and Rescue team was also deployed.

The Health and Safety Executive said it was investigating the explosion.

Andrew Jones is an award winning pie-maker making a range of savoury pies and pasties. The company supplies butchers, farm shops, sandwich shops and other retailers.