Blaze closes Rotherham high street

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b ROTHERHAM’S High Street was closed this morning while firefighters battled a huge blaze above an Italian restaurant in the town centre.

Crews were alerted to the blaze at the corner of High Street and Moorgate Street at around 1.45am and at its height there were five fire engines at the scene.

When firefighters arrived the roof of the building was engulfed in flames but crews stopped the blaze spreading to neighbouring businesses and homes.

Residents from six nearby flats were evacuated as a precaution.

Because of the extent of the damage caused to the roof and first floor of the building it was declared too dangerous for firefighters to enter so it is not yet known what the upper floors were used for.

At the same time as the blaze as being tackled emergency services were alerted to another serious fire in Rotherham after a plumber’s workshop, offices and storage facility went up in flames.

The unit on Mangham Road, Parkgate, was found alight at 2.30am and the height of that blaze another five fire engines were needed.

Nobody was injured in either of the incidents.

Investigations are now under way to establish how both fires started.