Fire crews battle derelict building blaze in Sheffield

Smoke pours out of the former Bridge House building on Bridge Street. Picture: Martin Smith
Smoke pours out of the former Bridge House building on Bridge Street. Picture: Martin Smith
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FIREFIGHTERS battled a large blaze at a derelict building in Sheffield city centre today.

The fire broke out on the top floor of the old Bridge House building, on Bridge Street, at around 3pm.

A huge cloud of smoke and flames could be seen billowing into the sky.

Dozens of 999 calls were received with reports of flames seen shooting from the roof.

Five crews from Elm Lane, Rotherham, Mansfield Road, Rivelin and Central stations were called to the scene, and Bridge Street was taped off between its junction with Corporation Street and Plum Lane.

The third floor of the building was well alight when crews arrived, and the blaze was extinguished by 5pm.

Crew members used water jets to put out the flames, and an investigation into the cause of the fire is being carried out.

Police were also in attendance, and ambulances as a precaution.