Firefighters called into action after arson incident on Doncaster street

Firefighters had to take action after arsonists torched a wheelie bin outside a house on a Doncaster residential street last night.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 10:00 am
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 10:00 am

A fire engine was sent from Edlngton fire station to deal with the blaze after it broke out at Earlesmere Avenue, Balby, at around 11.30pm

They described the cause of the fire as ‘deliberate, and spent 10 minutes on the site.

It is the latest arson incident in the borough, and comes as firefighters across South Yorkshire are asking the public to help them crack down on deliberate fires across the county, by reporting incident details to a dedicated new fire line.

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In response to the 3,900 deliberate fire incidents they were called to in last year, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has joined up with an arm of the national charity, Crimestoppers.

FireStoppers, which works in the same way as Crimestoppers, allows the public to anonymously report any information they have on deliberate fire-setting.

This can be done by calling a dedicated phone number, 0800 169 5558, or by using an online form – www.firestoppersreport.co.uk. Once reported, the details will be anonymised and used as part of fire and police investigations.

Figures show that Doncaster was the worst hit area in South Yorkshire in terms of deliberately started fires, with 1116, followed by Rotherham with 1053, Barnsley with 989 and Sheffield with 787.

Group Manager Matt Gillatt, deputy head of the joint police and fire community safety team said: “Our ask of the public is simple – if you know anything about deliberate fire-setting in your area then please report it via the FireStoppers line and help us crack down on these fires.”

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