QUICK-thinking firefighters prevented dozens of homes having to be evacuated after a fire broke out in a garage containing an acetylene cylinder.
Crews arrived within five minutes and managed to move the cylinder from the flames before it got so hot that a 200-metre safety cordon would have been needed. The blaze on Albert Road, Heeley, was discovered at 7.55am on Sunday and is being treated as an arson attack.
Station manager Simon Dunker said: “The fast thinking of the crews who attended this incident meant the cylinder was quickly removed from the building, preventing the need for a 200m cordon to be put in place, which is standard for those kinds of incident.
“In the end, just three properties were evacuated as a precaution and those residents have now been allowed back into their homes.”
Albert Road was closed while firefighters tackled the blaze. Crews left the scene at 10.40am.
A Mercedes car and household items were inside the garage.
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