Flat is badly damaged by blaze

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FIRE crews had to break into a flat in Sheffield and put out a raging inferno.

The fire broke out at a flat in Ventnor Court, Wostenholm Road, Sharrow, in the early hours of Sunday.

A South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue spokesman said the service was alerted by a passer-by at 3.45am, who saw smoke coming from the building.

He said: “There was no-one in the flat, but we didn’t know that at the time.

“We had to break down the door to get into the flat which was well alight.

“The fire started in the living room and the cause is going to be investigated.”

Fire crews had to ventilate neighbouring flats because smoke had spread through the building and residents were evacuated.

The fire service spokesman said: “The flat was badly damaged inside. There were no smoke alarms in the property and had there been, someone might have heard them and alerted the fire service earlier, which could have saved the property.”

Crews from Mansfield Road and Central fire stations tackled the blaze.

The cause is being investigated but it is believed to be accidental.