A house ironmaker in south-east England has died after an explosion at a house he was building.
The blast furnace was being assembled at a construction site in Sheffield on Saturday afternoon when the fire broke out, the fire service said.
At the time of the explosion, the blast furnace had been at the site for about a week and was being heated by an electrical generator, fire service spokesman Mark MacGregor said.
It was not known whether the building was in an unsafe condition.
“There were no injuries,” he said.
The blast furnaces work by using a combustible material like steel or cement as a starting point and using compressed air to heat it.
A fire at a Sheffield house is pictured in this image taken from CCTV on March 8, 2020.
An employee works at the construction site.
The building, which is in the area of Ritchie Road and Kings Road, is a block of flats.
It is owned by a property developer and the building is surrounded by a fence, a fire service spokeswoman said.
A fire engine and a ladder were sent to the scene.
The fire brigade is investigating the cause.
Police said the investigation was continuing.
More to come.