Mystery men who snuffed out fire at Lockwood Park after arson attack hailed by Huddersfield firefighters

The two men grabbed water-based extinguishers and raced across the pitch to tackle the flames

Two mystery heroes armed with fire extinguishers saved a Huddersfield sports club’s stand from going up in flames.

Two men working at Lockwood Park, home of Huddersfield Rugby Union Club , spotted the blaze at the back of the Wade Stand late this afternoon.

The two men grabbed water-based extinguishers and raced across the pitch to tackle the flames, which were licking up into the roof.

 

Two plastic seats on the back row of the stand were destroyed but the men’s quick-thinking saved the whole building.

Firefighters said it was believed children or youths had set the seats ablaze and issued a warning to parents.

The blaze broke out at about 5.45pm and two fire crews from Huddersfield were sent to the scene.

By the time they arrived the two men had successfully put out the fire and crews left after just 15 minutes.

Watch commander Chris Bell, of Huddersfield Fire Station, said youths were seen in the area and police would be investigating.

“Although only two seats were destroyed flames were touching the top of the grandstand and these two men saved the whole stand from going up,” he said.

“They did everything right and saved us a job. It was out when we got there but it could have been so much worse.”

Mr Bell added that parents should remind their children not to mess about with fire.

“Attending needless calls like this ties up fire engines which could be needed for life-saving situations,” he said.

Helen Jagger, 38, of Honley , who saw what happened, told how the mystery men acted with remarkable coolness.

“When they put the water on, the flame exploded then died down almost immediately and that was it, drama over. They saved the stand.”

 

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