VIDEO: Doncaster resident's barbecue and deliberate scrubland fire resulted in a call out for firefighters

The mini heatwave that hit the country over the last couple of days saw people head out of their homes and start up their barbecues.

By Stephanie Bateman
Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 11:57 am

Concerned Doncaster resident Ian Singleton contacted the Free Press after spotting two fires on the Transpennine Trail last night.

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He said: “I was out with a friend in the early evening sun taking in some of the amazing views near the Conisbrough Viaduct when a fire engine came by with its blue lights on. We thought it might be an exercise because we couldn't see anything but after five minutes or so we saw smoke rising.

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Ian Singleton captured this scrubland fire

“From what we could tell it looked like some walkers or cyclists must've called it in. At first we could only see one fire but then we noticed a second further down the TPT towards Mexborough.

“There are always fires along this stretch of the TPT but not in March!! It's only been nice for a couple of days and two fires already, that doesn't bode well.”

Dearne firefighters confirmed they were called out to a deliberate fire on scrublands at 7.15pm on Garden lane in Cadeby. They left the scene 15 minutes later.

Also yesterday Rossington firefighters attended a deliberate fire involving bushes on Brodsworth Way in Rossington at 7.55pm. They returned to the station at 8.40pm.

At 8.25pm a fire crew from Dearne were called out to a bin on fire on Auckland Road in Mexborough. The fire was accidental and was due to a disposable barbecue. The fire crew left the scene at 9.05pm.

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