House fires on Sheffield estate not believed to be linked

Two house fires on a Sheffield estate are not believed to be linked, according to South Yorkshire Police.

Friday, 7th June 2019, 10:42 am
Updated Friday, 7th June 2019, 12:59 pm

The fires broke out on two neighbouring streets in Arbourthorne, just over 24 hours apart.

On both occasions, families managed to escape unharmed after discovering the fires.

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Emergency services were alerted to the first blaze on Framlingham Place at 11.25pm on Wednesday.

A fire broke out on the ground floor and two adults and two children had to climb out of a window to escape.

At 12.15am today, a fire broke out in a semi-detached house on Northern Avenue while two adults and four children were inside.

They managed to escape via the rear door to the property.

Firefighters entered the burning, smoke-filled home and rescued a pet dog and hamster inside.

The hamster perished but the dog – a Staffie – was given oxygen and survived.

Investigations into both incidents are under way.

South Yorkshire Police said: “At this stage we don’t believe them to be linked.