'Let's show them some love' - praise for Sheffield firefighters as new video shows them battling huge blaze
This dramatic footage shows firefighters tackling the huge blaze in Sheffield which has now been burning for more than 24 hours.
It was released today as fire chiefs asked people to spare a thought for the brave crews risking their own safety to protect others, and to ‘show them some love’.
A number of firefighters remain at the scene of the scrap metal fire on Carlisle Street in Burngreave, which broke out at around 1pm on Thursday and sent smoke billowing over the city.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue said this morning that the number of fire engines at the scene had been cut from six to four but a high volume pump was in opertion meaning several roads had to be closed.
The fire service said there had been no reports of anyone suffering ill effects from the fire but that it was still advising people to keep their doors and windows closed due to the smoke.
In an emotional message on Facebook, posted alongside a photo of two crew members wearing breathing equipment, it said: “These are firefighters. Millions of people have done their bit and stayed at home over the last year to stop the spread of coronavirus.
“Meanwhile, our crews have been busy keeping our 999 response service going. They've had to adapt how they work, wear additional PPE and change how they respond to some incidents.
"But they're still there, keeping you safe- like at this large fire in Sheffield overnight.
"These are firefighters. Let's show them some love.”
The cause of the blaze is not yet known, with an investigation due to begin once the fire is out.