Arson attack closes Sheffield children’s centre

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A Sheffield children’s centre has been forced to close for two days after it was deliberately set on fire during the early hours of this morning.

Fire crews from Mansfield Road and Central stations were called to the Tiddlywinks centre - part of Arbourthorne and Norfolk Park Children’s Centre on Eastern Drive in Arbourthorne at 4am.

Firefighters entered the building wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to put out the flames.
The corridor was fire damaged and there was smoke damage to the building.

Lauretta Robinson, deputy manager at the centre said: “It’s not a nice thing at all - it’s horrible. They have broken a window and forced a shutter.

“We are closing for two days and are ringing around parents to let them know.”

She urged parents to contact the centre, which caters for 100 children, on Monday as they were not sure whether or not it would be open.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said the blaze was limited to a back corridor of the single storey detached building.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were informed of a fire at a premises in Eastern Drive, Sheffield, at about 4am this morning.

“The fire is believed to have been started deliberately and enquiries are ongoing.”

Fire crews left the scene at 5.15am.