VIDEO: Indian takeaway in Sheffield torched for second time in less than a month

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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 today and found flames to the rear of the property and in the kitchen area.

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.

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.

This morning police officers have the shop, near to the Leppings Lane tram stop, cordoned off while investigations are 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.

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 about either of the fires at the takeaway should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.