Arsonists leave centre gutted

A fire-damaged building on Fox Lane, Base Green, Sheffield
A fire-damaged building on Fox Lane, Base Green, Sheffield
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A YOUTH centre was badly damaged in an arson attack on a Sheffield estate after a bin was pushed up against the building and set alight.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze on Fox Lane, Frecheville, at 6.25am yesterday.

The ground floor and first floor were engulfed in flames when the fire crew arrived.

Firefighters battled to save some of the rooms but four were still destroyed by flames.

Watch manager Steve Krzebietka, of Mansfield Road fire station, said: “The fire was started deliberately with a bin being pushed up against the centre and set alight.

“There were flames on the ground floor and first floor when we arrived - it was well alight.

“We had a couple of jets on it from outside before we entered to tackle the fire from inside and we managed to contain it to four rooms and save the rest of the building.”

Crews were also called to a house on fire on Medlock Crescent, Handsworth, Sheffield, on Friday night.

A fire had started in an adjoining garage and spread to the bathroom and bedrooms on the first floor before going into the loft space above.

Discarded smoking materials may have caused the blaze.

Watch manager Krzebietka said: “We tackled the fire from outside initially before committing two breathing apparatus wearers to go inside and they managed to get into the loft space to deal with the flames to stop them spreading any further.

“Unfortunately because the fire was on the first floor and in the loft there was a lot of water damage but everybody got out unharmed.

“The fire started in the garage and the heat shattered the bathroom window and that’s where the flames got into the house.”

n Anyone with information about the youth centre arson should call police on 0114 220 2020.