Smoke seen for miles in another Sheffield Ski Village blaze

A patch of burnt ski slope at the Sheffield Ski Village
A patch of burnt ski slope at the Sheffield Ski Village
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PLUMES of black smoke could be seen for miles last night after yet another fire broke out at Sheffield Ski Village.

Two fire engines were called to the complex - destroyed three weeks ago by a major blaze - at just after 7.30pm yesterday.

Grass on the synthetic ski slope itself, covering an area 10 metres square, was ‘well alight’ a fire service spokesman said.

The incident was ‘not major’, he added, but said two pumps from Central fire station had been dispatched to tackle the flames.

The cause of the blaze was not initially known.

Black smoke could be seen drifting from the site of the ruined ski village southwards across the city centre.

The blaze was out by around 8.30pm.

The fire was the third in as many weeks at the complex on Vale Road at Parkwood Springs.

In the early hours of Sunday, April 29, a massive blaze ripped through the ski village.

At its height the inferno was so intense firefighters were not allowed inside the burning buildings, and flames were shooting up to 40 feet into the air.

It took three hours to bring the blaze under control, with 30 firefighters spraying 3,000 litres of water a minute onto the flames.

Just 48 hours later fire broke out again, in a wooden ski lift control tower at the top of the slope.

An investigation ruled that blaze was started deliberately.

And a previous fire in March last year destroyed the adventure playground.

The ski village opened in 1988 as the largest artificial ski resort in Europe.