A teenager was charged last night with making a hoax call to the fire service following an incident in which a woman died and her 10-year-old daughter was left critically ill when their car was in collision with a fire engine.
The crash happened in Sheffield as the appliance was responding with its blue lights flashing to a call to a warehouse fire on Old Sheffield Road in Rotherham. It turned out to be a false alarm.
Nicola Jane Stacy, 36, from the Wincobank area of Sheffield died as a result of injuries suffered when her Subaru Impreza was in collision with the engine on Attercliffe Common at 10.50pm, police said.
Her 10-year-old daughter, who was a front-seat passenger, received life-threatening injuries.
She is in a critical but stable condition at Sheffield Children's Hospital.
A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) confirmed the call proved to be a false alarm.
She said the appliance involved was from the city's Darnall station.
The spokeswoman said: "South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of those involved.
"None of the firefighters involved in the collision were injured.
"They have been offered the services of SYFR's internal support systems.
"Both emergency services started separate investigations into the incident immediately.
"SYFR's investigation is continuing today."
A 17-year-old youth, who comes from the Rotherham area, has been charged with making false reports to the fire service on three separate occasions over the weekend, - on Friday, Saturday and yesterday.
He is due to appear at Doncaster Youth Court tomorrow morning.