In England, the sets of the popular TV series “Downton Abbey” and “Peaky Blinders” caught fire.
A fire broke out in the Dalton Mills building in Keighley in West Yorkshire on Thursday.
videos of the incident on social media showed a team of firefighters trying to put out the fire. The clips show the building erupting in great fiery flames and gray smoke polluting the air.
Downton Abbey aired on PBS from 2010 to 2015, with a feature film debut in 2019. A sequel is forthcoming publication planned in May. The location of the fire was used as a setting in many episodes of the series.
As for “Peaky Blinders,” The BBC/Netflix series is in its sixth and final season, having premiered in 2013.
The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service advise local residents of the area to stay at home and asked people not to visit the affected area.
The fire department tweeted Thursday: “We are present at a fire at Dalton Mills, Keighley. There is a lot of smoke in the area and residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed. Please avoid traveling through the area.”
she added that police, ambulance and the Yorkshire Water and Environment Agency were on hand to help. Water was also pumped from the nearby River Aire to put out the fire.
they also tweeted an update a short while later stating: “We still have crews and special forces fighting the Keighley mill fire. 100% of the building [is] involved. Please stay away from the area. Thank you to local residents for their patience and partners for their support in dealing with this incident.”
Artist Marcus Levine also recounted the traumatic event, as his art studio is opposite the mill. “Drama across from my studio as Dalton Mills, Keighley up in smoke. As I left, things got a lot worse as barrels of flames burst out of the windows. It just looked like a bit of smoke forever. All this work to renovate the building is now destroyed,” he said tweeted.
“You can smell it on the valley side of town where people gather to check on Keighley and the burn site,” she said. “Besides the roof, we can see flames erupting from some of the mill’s chimneys as firefighters shoot water jets to control the fire.”
The mill has been used in many film and television productions beyond Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders. It was once the largest textile mill in Yorkshire and is reported to have employed over 2,000 workers Screen Yorkshire. The building was built by Joseph Craven in 1869 and closed in the 1990s. Another fire ravaged the site in 2011 and was rumored to have been started by copper thieves.
The area has several large rooms and features, including a large courtyard and clock tower. Other projects filmed there include The Great Train Robbery and The Limehouse Golem.
The Post has reached out to Netflix and PBS for comment.
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