FIRE CREWS have issued a plea to drivers to be considerate of where they park after a fire engine was delayed on its way to an emergency due to double parked cars on a narrow street.

Fire crews were called out to reports of a fire at a nursing home in Sheffield late last month.

However, the crew was unable to reach the incident due to parked cars blocking their way, forcing them to find another route and delaying the time it took them to reach the fire.

Tony Carlin, Head of Emergency Response said: “Bad parking is a real problem for firefighters.

"Fire engines require a gap of almost 3 meters to get through. We appreciate that people like to park as close to their property as possible, but please think could a fire engine or other emergency vehicle get through the gap.

"With every second counting when attending a fire or road crash it is vital that they can get down streets quickly and safely.”