Families flee from burning homes

FAMILIES had to be evacuated when flames ripped through a row of four four terraced houses in Sheffield.

About 35 firefighters fought the blaze on Beaumont Avenue in Manor, for around three hours from 5.45pm until around 9pm.

The blaze left all four properties badly damaged - but no-one was hurt. The fire began when some furniture in a back garden caught fire but the flames then spread into the roof space of one property and along the row

Five fire engines from Mansfield Road, Central and Darnall stations attended the incident. A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "Crews arrived to find the blaze had spread to the house itself and it proceeded through the roof cavity of all four houses in the terraced row."

Five appliances, an aerial ladder platform and an incident support unit are in attendance, with firefighters having removed roof tiles to tackle the blaze from above.

"All residents have been evacuated safely, and no other premises are in danger of the fire spreading further"

But one local resident, who did not want to be named, claimed a number of local youths had been seen running away shortly after the fire started. He said the said the area had been plagued by problems caused by anti-social behaviour.

The man added: "There are kids on the estate who are the most anti-social kids there are. They set wheelie bins on fire and they are always hanging around."

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