Probe after huge blaze rips through Sheffield building

Nursery Street fire 22.8.13
Nursery Street fire 22.8.13
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Firefighters in Sheffield tackled a huge blaze at an empty building near the city centre.

The fire broke out at 11.45pm on Thursday at an unoccupied four-storey building on Nursery Street.

A fire service spokesman said the building was ‘well alight’ when fire crews arrived.

She said: “The fire had broken through the roof area of the building and the flames could be seen from outside.

“We had five crews of firefighters at the scene from Central, Mansfield Road, Darnall and Rivelin stations.”

The building was joined to an office block next door but fortunately the crews prevented the flames from spreading to the adjacent building.

The spokeswoman said: “Firefighters worked quickly using three main jets to prevent the fire from spreading to an office block next door. They did really well to contain the fire.”

Majid Ali, aged 20, said: “I live nearby and at about midnight I saw loads of fire engines so I went to have a look and saw that the building was on fire.

“It was quite dramatic and the Wicker was all blocked off.

“The entire building had gone up and there were lots of flames coming out of the roof.

“The police had blocked off Nursery Street down to the Wicker Arches and lots of people had come out on to the street to see what was going on.”

An aerial ladder platform was also used by crews to fight the flames higher up.

Nobody was evacuated and no one was injured in the blaze.

The fire crews left the scene at 4.15am yesterday.

Mr Ali said yesterday the building’s charred remains remained sealed off by the police.

Nursery Lane, off Nursery Street, was closed in both directions between the Johnson Street junction and the Lady’s Bridge junction.

The fire service spokeswoman said that an investigation into the cause of the blaze was due to get unde r way

n Anyone with information about the fire should call police on 101.