Quick thinking street sweeper puts out vehicle fire in Sheffield

Mick Dewhurst, who put out a car fire with the hose from his road sweeper
Mick Dewhurst, who put out a car fire with the hose from his road sweeper

A hero 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.

Amey road sweeper tackles car fire in Fulwood

Amey road sweeper tackles car fire in Fulwood

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

He has now been hailed a hero – and put forward for an award from his employer Amey.

Modest dad-of-four Mick, who lives in Birley Carr, said: “There was nobody else nearby so I thought it was best to step in.

“I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, anybody with the right equipment would have done the same, and I was just going about my day-to-day business.

“As I own a Land Rover I was confident with how it worked, and when I got closer I could see flames coming from it.

“I parked a safe distance away and checked there was water in the sweeper. I didn’t know whether the fire service were on their way but a neighbour came out and said they were.

“I was able to put the flames out, although it was still smoking, and then the fire crews arrived.”

Mick was on his way to a job in Dore when he saw the blaze, which was caused accidentally.

Another man also came to his aid with a fire extinguisher.

The drama was captured on camera by photographer Brian Hodkinson, who posted his images on Facebook group Pictures of Sheffield Old And New.

Readers have hailed Mick as a ‘hero’ and said he should be given a medal, while fire chiefs have also thanked him for the support on Thursday morning.

And managers at Amey have put Mick forward for a Star award which recognises employers for going the extra mile.

Sara Bradley, street cleaning manager for Streets Ahead, said: “Mick was on route to a routine cleaning job when he came across the fire. We are very proud of what he did.”

Thanks also came from Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment and streetscene at Sheffield Council.

He said: “Mick acted quickly and bravely and did a great job. I’d like to thank him for all his efforts.”

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman added: “We’re grateful for the support this member of the public gave our firefighters. His quick thinking helped us to deal with the incident as quickly as possible.”