PICTURES: ‘We heard a loud bang’ – Blaze rages within grounds of landmark Doncaster church

The flames.
The flames.

Dramatic pictures have emerged showing a blaze raging within the grounds of a landmark Doncaster church. 

A row of conifer trees went up in flames near St Peter In Chains Church on Chequer Road at about 3.30pm yesterday.

The fire rages.

The fire rages.

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An eyewitness, who sent in these pictures, said she heard a ‘loud bang’ and then looked out from her office to see the blaze raging. 

The 34-year-old Doncaster woman, who did not want to be identified, said: “We saw the smoke and looked out and then we heard a loud bang.

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“It was quite scary to see how quickly the blaze escalated. The flames were about 10ft high at one point. 

“We were a little concerned it might spread to the church as the fire and smoke was blowing that way, but thankfully the fire brigade arrived soon afterwards.”     

A crew from Edlington Fire Station was dispatched to the incident and spent about 45 minutes tackling the blaze. 

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Nobody was injured and the blaze is not believed to have spread to any buildings. 

In a statement, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said it is not yet known how the blaze was started. 

The church has been contacted for comment and we are waiting for a reply.