Blaze tears through home after arson attack

A MASSIVE fire tore the roof off a family home in Doncaster, in what is thought to have a been a deliberate arson attack.

Four fire crews spent eight hours tackling the blaze on Wheatley Hall Road, Wheatley.

They were called to the semi-detached red brick home, near the junction with Worcester Avenue, at 5.30am yesterday.

Nobody was injured in the fire but officers faced a massive battle to stop the flames spreading to the adjoining property.

Doncaster crew manager, Lee Wilton, told The Star: “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 to the adjoining property before finally leaving the scene at 1.30pm.

A passer-by said: “I went by at about 9am and the roof was completely missing. It must have been a big fire - you could see right into the top rooms. When I went past again at 12 the fire crews were still there.”