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Watch horror moment van set on fire on Sheffield family’s driveway

today19/07/2021

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A Sheffield mum has spoken of the moment her daughter’s bedroom was filled with smoke as her catering van was set on fire on her driveway.

Kirsty Denton’s family were woken at around 11.30pm on Saturday July 10 after hearing smashing and smelling strong smoke late at night.

42-year-old Kirsty was out for her friend’s birthday when her mum called her to say that her catering van, had been set on fire and rolled back into the house in the Norfolk Park area of Sheffield.

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The catering van was Kirsty’s pride and joy that she had built from scratch 10 years ago.

Kirsty said: “I was actually out for a friend’s birthday that night and my mum was babysitting my youngest daughter.

“My daughter, who is 13, was the one who discovered the fire.

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“Her bedroom is at the front of the house and she heard smashing, but at first didn’t think anything of it.

“My mum was falling asleep in the back bedroom and she shouted my daughter to ask if she had a candle burning as she could smell smoke.

“My daughter said no but that she could smell it as well.

“It was then the van rolled back into the house and my daughter heard a bang so she looked out of the window and saw the van on fire.”

Luckily the family all got out of the house and the emergency services were called.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue deemed that the first had been started deliberately.

Unfortunately the Ring CCTV camera did not pick up the motion of the fire being started as it was started on the passenger side out of the cameras view.



The van caught fire while outside a house in Sheffield
The van caught fire while outside a house in Sheffield

Kirsty added: “It is just so devastating. I had worked my business up from the ground for the last 10 years and I was really proud of how far I had come.

“The catering industry has had a really tough year due to Covid and for this to happen just as everything is opening up is heart breaking.

“I have been off work for the past year due to the pandemic and had just started getting jobs booked back in again for events.

“I had to watch on CCTV footage on my way home as literally everything that I had worked for went up in smoke.

“I have no idea who could have done this, I am 42 years old with two kids and I don’t have any enemies.

“We live a pretty boring life, we don’t have enemies.

“I am not sure what is scarier, the thought of someone targeting us intentionally or someone walking past and just mindlessly setting fire to my van.

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“It’s just surreal, I get busy and forget that it has happened and then it just hits me.”

The van was completely destroyed by the flames and the family home has had to be treated for smoke damage.

Kirsty will also have to arrange for new carpets due to soot and smoke damage.

Kirsty said: “My daughter has said that she doesn’t want to live here anymore and is always worrying that someone is going to come back.

“It has a knock-on effect as she already struggles with her anxiety.

“I just can’t believe it has happened I just don’t know what next step to take for my business or my career.

“It’s devastating.”

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “Late Saturday night at 11:44pm, crews were called to a fire on St Aidan’s Way in Sheffield.

“This was a catering van involved in the fire which had spread to an adjacent property. Firefighters from Central and Parkway left the scene at 00:41am and deemed the fire to be deliberate.”

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