Child alerts fire crews to house blaze

Blaze drama: Smoke billows from a house on Staniforth Road, in Darnall. Picture: Shafqat Mirza.
Blaze drama: Smoke billows from a house on Staniforth Road, in Darnall. Picture: Shafqat Mirza.

A FIRE ripped through a terrace house in Sheffield yesterday afternoon, sending flames bursting from the roof and smoke billowing into a neighbouring property.

Around 20 firefighters battled the blaze on Staniforth Road in Darnall, with five engines and an aerial ladder called to the scene shortly before 3pm.

Traffic backed up as Staniforth Road - a main thoroughfare through east Sheffield - was closed for three hours.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said the blaze started in the bedroom of a property near the junction with Swarcliffe Road, spreading into the attic.

Officers needed breathing apparatus to enter the house, but had to abandon their attempt as the building became too dangerous, and eventually extinguished the flames from an aerial ladder. All the inhabitants escaped unhurt.

But the house, near the Noor Al Hadi Mosque, was left badly damaged, with a gaping hole in the roof, and the neighbouring property was damaged by smoke which poured in through the roof space.

Neighbour Shafqat Mirza, who lives on nearby Ribston Road, said a child who was upstairs in the building alerted the emergency services.

n SEVEN people have been left homeless after a fire ravaged a row of houses in Doncaster.

Fire crews battled for nearly five hours to deal with the blaze in Toll Bar which kept one of Doncaster’s main roads closed until well into yesterday morning.

Firefighters were called out at around 2.30am and ordered six houses on Askern Road to be evacuated.