ARSONISTS forced firefighters into tackling a huge eight-hour blaze which ripped the roof off a Doncaster family home.
Nobody was injured in the fire but officers faced a massive battle to stop the flames spreading from the semi-detached house to the adjoining property.
Four crews were called to the red brick home in Wheatley Hall Road, Wheatley, near the junction with Worcester Avenue, at 5.30am on Sunday.
Lee Wilton, Doncaster crew manager, said officers believed the complex fire had been started deliberately.
He added: “The main problem was that it spread to the roof and there were lots of articles in the loft space which made it hard to tackle the fire.
“Part of the roof collapsed so fighting the fire internally was not the safest thing to do, so we had to change tack and tackle it from the outside.
“It is being treated as suspected arson. Fire investigators and police scenes of crime officers have been at the site.”
Four crews, from Doncaster, Adwick and Edlington, contained the fire and stopped it spreading before finally leaving the scene at 1.30pm.
A passer-by said: “It must have been a big fire - you could see right into the top rooms.”