Fire fighters close down stadium and surrounding roads after gas canister explodes at new hotel project

A fire on a construction site led to Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football stadium being evacuated yesterday.

Bramall lane evacuated after site fire

The incident, caused by an acetylene cylinder on the 7th floor of a new hotel construction project, led to a 200 metre cordon being put in place around the site. Around 30 members of Sheffield United staff, 90 people from the road’s business centre and 60 people from the construction site were all evacuated. Several nearby roads were closed causing traffic congestion.

The Copthorne Hotel, adjacent to the stadium, is being built by GMI construction. The £17m, 158 room development is due for completion in autumn of this year.

The cordon was lifted this morning. The cylinder, used in welding, was bombarded with a jet of water by firefighters over the course of the night and monitored with a thermal imaging device to assess its temperature.