A huge fire broke out at one of the Peaky Blinders filming locations in the former Dalton Mills factory, England, on Thursday (3/3) local time. The structure of the building is said to be 100 percent affected. So far, there is no known cause of the fire. The incident was confirmed by the West Yorkshire Fire and Safety Service.
“We currently have a fire engine and specialist unit present at the fire scene in Dalton Mills, Keighley,” the Fire and Safety Service wrote on its official website, quoted by Variety. Yorkshire Screen executive Richard Knight expressed his sadness at the burning site. He regretted the incident because the location was widely used for filming purposes in Yorkshire.
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“Hose reel jets and aerial ladder platforms are in use. Equipment from neighboring brigades are also present. Partner agencies in attendance, [namely] police, ambulance and Yorkshire Water and Environment Agency,” he continued.
“This is one of those stunning locations that is like a destination in itself. It has an origin and scale that can appeal to filmmakers far and wide,” said Richard Knight.
In addition to the Peaky Blinders series, this location was also used for shooting PANSTVÍ DOWNTON: NOVÁ ÉRA 2022 . This location was also changed to a Victorian era for the 2016 film The Limehouse Golem. In recent years, the former factory has also been used for the BBC drama series The Great Train Robbery, Gunpowder, and To Walk Invisible.
According to Variety, Dalton Mills is one of the main shooting locations listed on the Screen Yorkshire website. The factory was built by Joseph Craven in 1869. This building was once the largest textile factory in Yorkshire. At that time, they employed about 2000 people.
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“Dalton Mills has built a strong reputation as a shooting location thanks to its wide range of industrial spaces that offer historical industrial backdrops as well as built spaces that are ideal for period dramas,” reads the Dalton Mills website.
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