Second fire ‘started deliberately’ at Sheffield ski village

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FIREFIGHTERS were called to Sheffield’s Ski Village for the second time in 48 hours - after another blaze broke out.

Crews were called out yesterday, at about 5.15am, and spent over an hour at the scene dealing with a blaze, which broke out in a wooden control centre at the top of the ski slope.

An investigation into the cause of the fire ruled it had been started deliberately.

It came just 48 hours after a huge blaze broke out at the artificial ski resort, off Vale Road, Parkwood Springs, which destroyed the main Alpine-style wooden building which housed function rooms, the Ski Village reception and bowling alley.

The main fire, reported on Sunday, at about 1am, has led to the closure of the sports facility because of the extent of the damage caused.

An investigation into that blaze was still under way yesterday. Fire service records reveal that in addition to the latest two incidents, firefighters have been called out to eight other blazes at the Ski Village - six classed as deliberate, one as accidental and one for which the cause was never established.

n Bosses at an indoor snow slope in Manchester are offering all Sheffielders a free one-hour lift pass to keep their skills up to scratch after the Ski Village was destroyed by fire. New visitors should call Chill Factore on 0161 749 2222 to book, and will receive their pass when they arrive with proof of address. Booking is open until May 13, and visits must be made by the end of the month.