Fire crews called to Sheffield flats arson attack impeded by parked cars

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A large fire involving settees, carpets and household rubbish at a block of Sheffield flats was thought to have been started deliberately.

Two fire engines were called to a blaze outside Castle Court flats in Park Hill at around 0.40am yesterday (Sunday).

Heat from the fire, which spread to a bin store, cracked window frames on three storeys of nearby flats.

Firefighters were impeded by parked cars on their way to tackling the fire, leading South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service to issue a reminder to motorists about parking to allow emergency vehicles through.

In a statement, the service said: “Firefighters are reminding residents to park vehicles responsibly to allow emergency vehicles to get through.

“Vehicles parked on both sides of the road made it difficult for fire crews to gain access to the site.

“It is thought the fire was started deliberately. Anyone with information about people starting deliberate fires should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”