Firefighters kept busy in Doncaster on Bonfire Night

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC

Arsonists caused havoc and started numerous fires across the area on Bonfire Night.

Fire bugs started four blazes in Edlington within three hours, while fire crews were also called out to a bonfire which had gotten out of control in Hyde Park.

Two wheelie bins were dragged into the road in Staveley Street, Edlington, and set alight at 7pm.

Firefighters were back in the same street to deal with a deliberate blaze to a pile of rubbish at 9.45pm.

Arsonists also set fire to a pile of rubbish in woodland near Roberts Road at 7.20pm.

Yobs set fire to a clothes recycling bin in Queens Crescent at 10pm.

Firefighters were called across to Childers Street, Hyde Park, when a bonfire on waste land got out of control at 7.30pm.

Crews from Edlington, Maltby and Rotherham were called out to deal with the incidents and spent no longer than 30 minutes dealing with each blaze.

Firefighters dealt with more than 60 incidents across South Yorkshire in the same night.

A spokesman for the South Yorkshire brigade said: “We did see a spike in the number of incidents. Our crews were kept busy, but thankfully there were no major incidents.

“We used to get hundreds of fires reported on Bonfire Night but this has steadily reduced in the last five years.

“We have an educational programme in the lead up to the night in which fire officers go into schools and warn about the dangers of fireworks and setting fires.

“Firefighters also go out on patrols with the police and council officers to clear areas of rubbish away which could attract arsonists. This approach has led to a decrease in the number of incidents.”