Home wrecked by fierce blaze

Vincent Road fire
Vincent Road fire
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A WOMAN has had to find emergency accommodation after a flames engulfed her Sheffield home.

The woman, aged in her 40s, was out when the fire took hold.

But she returned home to find the ground floor of her terrace house smoke-logged.

She tried to enter to the three-storey house on Vincent Road, Sharrow, to find out what was burning but was overcome by smoke and forced to retreat and raise the alarm.

When firefighters arrived they discovered the dining room and kitchen engulfed in flames and that the fire had spread to an upstairs bedroom and bathroom.

Smoke was also beginning to spread to neighbouring properties, from where residents were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Firefighters spent around four hours at the scene extinguishing the flames and carried out an investigation into what caused the blaze.

They discovered redundant wiring under the floorboards in the dining room was to blame.

It is thought the wires started sparking and set fire to the carpet, which then went up in flames.

The fire victim support unit was sent out to help the woman find alternative accommodation because the house had been so badly damaged.

Watch manager Shayne Tottie, who was in charge of the firefighting operation, said three appliances and 14 firefighters dealt with the incident.

“The occupier had been out when the fire took hold and when she opened the door she saw smoke and entered to find out what was wring but was overcome and had to leave,” he said.

“When we were making our way to the fire along City Road we could see smoke and arrived to find an extensive house fire.

“Two breathing apparatus wearers were committed to the ground floor but the smoke was so thick they could not see in front of them and it took some time to locate the fire.

“Another crew was then committed upstairs because the fire was spreading.

“The house suffered extensive damage.”

Mr Tottle said firefighters will be carrying out community safety work on Vincent Road and neighbouring streets over the next few days.

The will be aiming to check that all properties are fitted with smoke alarms.