Mexborough streets re-open after major blaze

The fire service put out a fire on the roof of the Mexborough Arcade on Bank Street. Picture: Andrew Roe

The fire service put out a fire on the roof of the Mexborough Arcade on Bank Street. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Roads in Mexborough town centre have now re-opened after a major blaze yesterday afternoon.

Bank Street was closed both ways between the A6023 junction and High Street following the fire which ripped through the landmark building.

Motorists were being warned to avoid the area while clear up work takes place but the roads are now re-open once more.

Shops had to be evacuated and the town centre cordoned off as the massive fire ripped throug the shop just before 2pm yesterday.

About 20 firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out in a row of shops on Bank Street.

Appliances from Dearne, Rotherham and Canklow stations were called, along with an aerial ladder platform to put water on it from above.

The fire affected premises near the Montagu Arcade, believed to be derelict.

Bank Street from the High Street and the slip road from the ring road were all closed by South Yorkshire Police.

A fire service spokesman said they had received no reports of any casualties.

It is understood workmen may have been on the site, but the cause has not yet been established.

Eyewitness Matthew Spencer, aged 29, from the Highwoods area of Mexborough said he was on his way home from work on the nearby dual carriageway when he saw the smoke.

“It was well alight when I got here. You could see big flames from the other side of the building.

“I stopped and got some photos and video for my Mexborough website.”

A High Street shopworker, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had not known anything was happening until a customer said there were fire engines down the road.

“As soon as I got outside all you could see was smoke, it looked pretty bad.”

Rebecca Pearson, 49, of Adwick Road said: “It was a big fire. I was just walking passed to do some shopping when I saw the flames coming out of the roof.

“Thankfully, the firemen got here pretty quickly but it took some putting out.”

As we went to press South Yorkshire Fire Rescue confirmed the blaze involved a row of empty shops, the fire being in the roofspace of two of them.

A nearby pub was evacuated because of smoke drifting into it.

The fire was put out by 3.30pm and the cause is being investigated.