Takeaway torched again

Police at the scene at The Taj Indian Takeaway on Middlewood Road in Sheffield.
Police at the scene at The Taj Indian Takeaway on Middlewood Road in Sheffield.
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An Indian takeaway in Sheffield has been torched for a second time in less than a month.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at the Taj Indian takeaway on Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, at 12.45am yesterday and found flames to the rear of the property and in the kitchen area.

But firefighters who tackled the blaze said the fire also blew the front window of the takeaway out, leaving debris on the pavement outside.

They said the flat above the takeaway was empty at the time.

Crews from Rivelin, Elm Lane and Central fire stations spent just over an hour at the scene extinguishing the flames to prevent them engulfing the shop and spreading to neighbouring properties and businesses.

Yesterday police officers had the shop, near to the Middlewood Road tram stop, cordoned off while investigations were carried out.

The fire was started just over three weeks after a similar blaze, which also started in the kitchen area of the takeaway.

On that occasion the flat above was also empty at the time.

It is understood the takeaway had just been refurbished after the first blaze when the second incident was reported.

Police are treating both fires as arson attacks.

Karen Sherwood, who owns Cupola contemporary arts, close to the takeaway, said: “It’s very sad that there clearly seems to be bad feeling. I feel more upset and disheartened that people can behave like that.”

Another woman, who lives close by said:“ I heard a big bang, went to the window and the front of the building had come down and I saw black smoke billowing out so I called the fire service.”

Firefighters in Sheffield dealt with a number of other arson attacks on the same shift including cars set alight on Bankwood Road, Gleadless Valley and Fox Hill Crescent, Birley Edge.

A pile of rubbish was also set alight on Outram Road, Abourthorne, Sheffield.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.