Fire engulfs three homes

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FIREFIGHTERS were called to three major house blazes in South Yorkshire during rush hour yesterday evening.

Deerlands Avenue, in Parson Cross, Sheffield, was closed in both directions when a major fire was reported in a maisonette at 4.45pm.

Four firefighters from Elm Lane and Rivelin Stations entered the block wearing breathing apparatus. The flats was evacuated and all residents were accounted for.

Minutes later, at 5pm, staff at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue had to give survival advice to a resident calling from Bartholomew Street in Wombwell.

The caller was stuck in a first-floor bedroom and a blaze was spreading from a burning boiler in the attic. The caller managed to escape unhurt.

At 5.07pm firefighters from Aston Park and Mansfield Road were called to Cradley Drive in Aston.

A resident was attempting to put out a large chip pan fire himself. He survived the blaze, after neighbours persuaded him to leave the property.