Crews tackle fire
in university room

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Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze which broke out at a university building in Sheffield.

The fire took hold in a disused botany room in the basement of the Alfred Denny Building on Western Bank – which also houses the Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology – yesterday.

Five engines from across the city were called to the seven-storey building at 5.45am.

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the building.

The flames were put out but crews and police remained on scene for much of the day carrying out investigations into the cause of the blaze.

A spokesman for the university said: “There was a fire in a now empty plant room and that’s been safely put out.

“We don’t know how the fire started, so we are looking into everything and sorting out putting the power back on.

“There is some asbestos removal going on at the moment as well.

“We are still trying to determine how much damage was caused, but we think it was fairly limited.”

Crews from Central, Rivelin, Lowedges and Mosborough fire stations, attended the fire.

Hours earlier crews from Elm Lane tackled another fire at an empty house.

The ground floor of the property on Limpsfield Road, Wincobank, was ablaze in the incident, first reported at about 2.20am.

Firefighters remained at the scene until 5.30am.