Thirty firefighters tackle city blaze

London Road fire scene
London Road fire scene
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THIRTY firefighters tackled a huge blaze at an empty business premises in Heeley, Sheffield, last night.

Five fire engines sped to the scene on Broadfield Road as flames ripped through the building on the corner of Broadfield Road and Chesterfield Road.

The blaze broke out at around 6.45pm and crews from Central, Mansfield Road and Lowedges fire stations were scrambled.

They used water jets on the outside of the building to bring the fire under control and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to fight the blaze from the inside.

Police closed several roads in the area including London Road and Guernsey Road, because of the thick smoke coming from the building.

Traffic into Sheffield city centre was diverted on to Gleadless Road while vehicles travelling out of the city were diverted along Wolsley Road.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire broke through the roof space of the building and a massive amount of smoke was coming from the building, which is why some roads were closed. It is a two-storey building and gas and electricity supplies were isolated for the safety of our firefighters.

“No-one is believed to have been in the building at the time.

He added: “This was a large fire and firefighters worked very hard to quickly bring the blaze under control. An investigation will be carried out into the cause of the fire in due course.”

All the roads, except for Broadfield Road, were re-opened by 9.15pm.

Exactly a month ago, on September 2, another fire broke out in the unoccupied building, which for many years, provided home to the Delyse Humphrey’s Style model management agency.

The building, which is believed to belong Arnold Laver, is on Broadfield Road close to the junction with Chesterfield Road, Heeley.