PHOTO: Fire closes Sheffield city centre street

Sheffield blaze: Nursery Street warehouse fire. Photo: Peter Wright @DigitalLawUK.
Sheffield blaze: Nursery Street warehouse fire. Photo: Peter Wright @DigitalLawUK.

A derelict warehouse went up in flames in Sheffield city centre this morning and emergency services closed off a road to tackle the blaze in Nursery Street, writes Graham Walker.

Around five fire engines and two dozen firefighters were at incident at its heigh, shortly after 6.30am.

This dramatic photograph was taken by Peter Wright.

Nursery Street was closed in both directions between the Spitalfields junction and the Wicker Lane junction.

Traffic chiefs warned motorists to expect disruptions in the are of the A61 Derek Dooley Way Sheffield, both ways between A57 Sheffield Parkway and A6178 Wicker.

Smoke was reported blowing across the road on A61 Derek Dooley Way in Sheffield between the A57 Sheffield Parkway junction and the A6178 Wicker junction.

The roof of the building was totally destroyed in the fire which began after 6am this morning. Firefighters had the situation under controil before 8am.

A cordon went up around the site and South Yorkshire Police tweeted a message to commuters asking them to avoid the area, saying: “Roads around Derek Dooley Way currently closed due to thick smoke from a nearby empty warehouse fire. Please avoid the area if possible.”

It resulted in light traffic on Derek Dooley Way, whicfh remained open. The traffic restrictions were expected to be lifted later this morning.

The cause was still under investigation.

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