Firefighters praised for tackling Sheffield factory fire

Firefighters at Tek Engineering
Firefighters at Tek Engineering
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Dozens of firefighters dealt with a blaze involving a disused factory in Sheffield – preventing it from burning to the ground.

At the height of the blaze there were eight fire appliances at the scene and one aerial ladder platform dousing water on the flames from above.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at Tek Engineering on Tyler Street, Wincobank, at 5.30am yesterday.

They found flames shooting through the roof and windows of an office block with an adjoining factory.

Crews were praised by the incident commander who oversaw the firefighting operation.

Station manager Mark Lidster said firefighters who initially arrived at the scene called for back up because of fears that a factory unit next to the burning office block was at risk of going up in flames.

They also did not know whether there were any hazardous materials in the factory.

Firefighters who entered the office block discovered the fire started in a first floor office, and an investigation into the cause of the blaze is now underway.

Station manager Lidster said: “We had a couple of pumps at the scene after the initial call was received and when crews arrived they found a two-storey office block attached to a factory well alight – there were flames shooting out of the roof and through the windows.

“The flames were at risk of impinging on the adjoining engineering unit – a huge building. The fire looked like it was going to spread so more pumps were requested.

“Thanks to the speedy response of the firefighters they prevented the industrial unit from going up in flames and neighbouring firms were not affected for too long.”