Gleadless Valley fire in Sheffield believed to have been started 'deliberately'

A fire in a high rise tower block in Gleadless Valley, Sheffield, this morning is believed to have been started deliberately.

Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 11:07 am
Updated Friday, 26th November 2021, 12:50 pm

A large number of fire appliances raced to Callow Drive this morning following reports of a blaze in the Newman block on the city estate.

One resident filmed smoke billowing from the block.

A wheelie bin is believed to have been deliberately set alight in the lobby of the block of flats.

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Smoke filled the block but the fire did not spread to any flats and there were no reports of any casualties.

A clean-up operation has been mounted this morning, with communal areas and the stairwell thick with soot.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “We were called out to a fire in the lobby area of a high rise building at Callow Drive, Sheffield at 7.30am this morning.

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“Around six fire crews attended. There were no reports of any casualties.

“The fire is believed to have been started deliberately.”

Janet Sharpe, director of housing and neighbourhood services at Sheffield Council, said: “We understand residents’ concerns and we have written to them this week about not leaving waste in communal areas. We know that our fire spread precaution measures work, which we hope will reassure residents.

“We are aware of two fires here, one in May and this one. If anyone has concerns about fire safety they can email [email protected] and we will contact them.

“Skips were a temporary Covid-19 measure and we are looking at whether we should keep them or not. We are also investigating whether planned CCTV work at these blocks can be brought forward.”