Blaze rips through historic Sheffield foundry

Firefighters at the Castmaster Roll site.
Firefighters at the Castmaster Roll site.
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A historic Sheffield foundry, which produced steel for almost a century, went up in flames last night.

Fire crews from across the city were called out to the Castmaster Roll site in Stevenson Road, Attercliffe, at about 5.20pm.

Firefighters at Castmaster Roll.

Firefighters at Castmaster Roll.

Around 30 firefighters from Rivelin, Parkway, Central and Elm Lane stations battled to contain the flames for three-and-a-half hours. Nobody was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “The flames were quite high when crews arrived and the blaze caused a significant amount of damage.

“The site is believed to be disused and the fire emanated from an electrical transformer. Firefighters are due to go back to the site today to damp down and to continue with their investigation into the cause.”

Steel had been manufactured at the factory for about 95 years but the company which operated from the site, Castmaster Roll, went into administration last year with the loss of 78 jobs.

Elsewhere, high winds led to a fire in the garden of a home in Hall Close Avenue, Whiston.

A resident had been burning rubbish when embers from the flames were blown over and set fire to a shed and conifer tree at about 7.15pm last night. A crew from Rotherham Central Station attended and spent about 30 minutes at the scene.

Spencer Rowland, station manager, said: “You should always be careful to site garden fires well away from buildings and trees- but in high winds it’s probably an even better idea not to have the fire at all.”

Arsonists set fire to skip waste at an industrial yard in Midland Street, Parkgate, at 6.30pm on Saturday.

A crew from Rotherham Central Station spent three hours tackling the blaze.