Dramatic video footage and pictures have emerged showing a fire raging within the grounds of a landmark church in Doncaster town centre.
A row of conifer trees went up in flames near St Peter In Chains Church on Chequer Road at about 3.30pm yesterday.
An eyewitness, who sent in these pictures and video, 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.
“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.
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.