Lucky escape for Sheffield residents in fireball terror house crash

Debris after a car hit a house on Shirland Mews in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Andrew Roe
Debris after a car hit a house on Shirland Mews in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Terrified residents had a lucky escape when a car careered into a house before exploding into flames on a Sheffield street.

Neighbours were woken by what they thought were gunshots as the car burst into flames on Shirland Mews, Darnall.

Debris after a car hit a house on Shirland Mews in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Andrew Roe

Debris after a car hit a house on Shirland Mews in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Andrew Roe

The vehicle had ploughed through a garden and knocked trees over before smashing into the side of a house.

The occupants of the vehicle, who are not thought to have been injured, fled the scene as the car burst into flames in the early hours of yesterday.

Emergency services raced to the scene at around 1am and closed Shirland Lane, opposite the crash scene, for more than six hours.

Police evacuated nearby homes for several hours over fears the crash may have caused structural damage to the property.

Debris after a car hit a house on Shirland Mews in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Andrew Roe

Debris after a car hit a house on Shirland Mews in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Picture: Andrew Roe

The incident came just 12 hours after two people were killed and another left fighting for life after a car crashed into a house in Branton, Doncaster, and burst in flames.

Ahmed Ali, who lives in the house, was at work as a security guard when the Darnall accident happened.

The 23-year-old said: “There was no-one in the house, I work as a security guard and I didn’t get home until 7am and saw someone had crashed into my garden.

“It was a shock to me. I rang my housing association to find out what had happened.

“The next two houses were evacuated and they turned the gas off as well.”

The vehicle had crashed through a fence and trees at the side of his property.

Yesterday there was debris from the fire in the garden and scorch marks on the wall and around a window frame.

Ammat Humaidan, 22, was inside her home on Shireland Lane, directly opposite the crash scene, when she heard a loud noise which she thought was a gunshot.

She said she stayed inside her home for several minutes before emergency services arrived.

Ammat said: “I was inside when I heard a big noise, it sounded like a gunshot.

“I opened the door and I saw the fire brigade and police. The driver got out I think and I heard an explosion.

“There was another woman who had seen it as well and she was shaking so I went out to reassure her.”

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to get in touch.

A spokesman for the force said: “Residents were evacuated as a precaution while the property was assessed by structural engineers and emergency services responded to the incident.

“The building was found to be safe and residents were returned to their homes.

“Nobody is believed to have suffered any injuries as a result of the collision, but the occupants of the vehicle are reported to have fled the scene.”

n Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time has been urged to call 101 quoting incident number 29 of August, 26 2015.