‘Suspicious’ blaze hits historic works

The Haggler's Corner building on Queen's Road, Sheffield
The Haggler's Corner building on Queen's Road, Sheffield
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AN iconic Sheffield building has been badly damaged after a blaze which firefighters believe was started deliberately ripped through the building.

Hagglers Corner in Queens Road, Lowfield, was well alight by the time firefighters arrived at 12.45am yesterday morning.

The crews - two from Central and another from Darnall - fought the blaze for more than an hour.

And although large parts of the Hagglers Corner building were gutted, firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to Lowfield Primary School which is attached to the side of the premises.

Hagglers Corner has recently undergone a £200,000 transformation, part of which has only just been completed.

Having previously been standing empty for ten years, the plan was to convert the yellow-brick factory, built in 1871, into a series of 12 little-mester style workshops, a cafe, dance and theatre studio and a basement micro-brewery.

The cafe, which opened recently, is where firefighters believe the fire started.

Together with the studio above it, the cafe is completely ruined.

But property developer Sarah Ingolfsdottir, who along with her partner David Knott, is behind the renovation scheme, said she still wanted to press ahead with the redevelopment.

Sarah, aged 32, a former Tapton Secondary School pupil, from Abbeydale, said: “I am completely devastated by this.

“It’s a little bit early for me to say what is going to happen next but for now the plans are going ahead.

“A new class was supposed to be starting in the studio tonight but obviously now that has had to be cancelled.

“And we’re waiting on the CID to come and have a look around as the fire service believe the fire may have been deliberate.”