Fire at Byron Wood

Byron Wood Fire
Byron Wood Fire

Dave and Denise are part of Council’s “CYPD Capacity Planning and Development – Assets” team. They are on call and as they were making plans for a night out one Saturday in March, their phones go off…

Dave gets there by 6pm, just when the fire brigade is damping down. Dave explains:

“They were tremendous. They managed somehow to get the hoses into the loft spaces and so prevent the whole school going up”.

Dave met up with Richard (the school buildings officer – ex caretaker); all the fire doors throughout the school were closed, so the damage was limited and it’s clear that Richard knew his job inside out. The Council ‘dangerous structures’ staff arrive and check the state of the site with Dave and the fire service. Despite Richard’s big dog, Dave calls security and when they arrive, he leaves after 8pm.


8am: Site meeting at the school. Sally Swann and Leah Barrett lead on major incidents and have already helped to set up the response with Dave and Denise…


Dave’s under pressure to get the cleaners in – but there’s no point unless there’s power. And Denise is being asked “when can the children come back in”…


It looks like 26th March 2007 is the date the school can re-open – and the Nursery children will be back there soon after Easter…

Up | >>

Print version

The content on this page was added to the website by Kate Atkinson on 2007-03-29 21:47:13.
The content of the page was last modified by Jamie Marriott on 2007-05-01 16:17:51.
This section is produced by Andy Shallice, Area Co-ordinator for the Burngreave Area Panel. Address: 12–14 Burngreave Road, Sheffield S3 9DD. Tel: (0114) 276 9134 Email:

Follow us on Twitter @TheBMessenger

All content is copyright © Burngreave Messenger Ltd. or its voluntary contributors, unless otherwise stated, not to be reproduced without permission. If you have any comments, or are interested in contributing to the Messenger and getting involved, please contact us.

Burngreave Messenger Ltd. Abbeyfield Park House, Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield S4 7AT.
Telephone: 0114 242 0564. Email:
Company Limited by Guarantee: 04642734
Registered Charity: 1130836

The Burngreave Messenger is a community newspaper with editorial independence, funded by the Big Lottery, Foyle Foundation, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Scurrah Wainwright Charity, local residents and our advertisers.

Help the Messenger with a donation