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Sheffield butcher is hero firefighter

Butcher Graeme Moxon who put out a bus fire near his shop.

Butcher Graeme Moxon who put out a bus fire near his shop.

A butcher turned firefighter when a bus burst into flames outside his shop.

Graeme Moxon, aged 47, was preparing to open his shop – Real Meat Sheffield – when he noticed that a bus had pulled over nearby and was on fire.

Flames as high as the bus itself were licking up the rear of the single decker, operated by TM Travel, leaving passers-by concerned that the entire bus was going to be engulfed.

Graeme, who has run his business on Ecclesall Road for 15 years, spotted the blaze on nearby Psalter Lane, and ran to the rescue with a fire extinguisher which he keeps in his shop.

He doused the flames while firefighters were on their way to the scene – and prevented the bus from being destroyed.

“I just did what I hope anyone would have done - I saw the fire, knew we had an extinguisher, and ran across to help put the fire out,” he said.

“The first that I knew something was wrong was when I looked outside the shop and saw a bit of a commotion. I then saw the bus with its rear end on fire.

“I just picked up the shop extinguisher and ran over to see what I could do.

“By that time the flames were as high as the bus. They were concentrated around where the lights were.

“I didn’t see any passengers but the bus driver was off and on the phone to the depot explaining about the fire.

“The police came and stopped the traffic while it was all going on.”

A South Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman said: “Our normal advice is that people should call 999 and not try to tackle a fire themselves.

“But Mr Moxon clearly did a good job in helping to stop this fire from spreading, and he deserves huge credit for that.

“We are very happy that this incident was resolved safely, and nobody was hurt.”

Earlier this month a street sweeper leapt into action with the hose from his road cleaning machine to tackle a car blaze raging dangerously close to homes in Sheffield.

Mick Dewhurst acted after he saw thick black smoke spewing from the bonnet of a Land Rover parked close to houses in Fulwood.

Brave Mick doused the flames until firefighters arrived to take over the incident on Fulwood Road.

The father-of-four from Birley Carr was hailed a hero – and put forward for an award from his employer, Amey.

 

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