Spate of fires dealt with across South Yorkshire on Bonfire Night

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Firefighters dealt with a spate of wheelie bin blazes across South Yorkshire on Bonfire Night - many started deliberately by yobs.

In Sheffield, bins were found burning on Ironside Road, Gleadless Valley; Daresbury Place, Arbourthorne and in woodland off Norton Avenue, Norton.

Crews in Rotherham were sent to deal with two bins set alight on Lodge Lane, Aston, and to another bin on Teasdale Road, Wingfield.

Barnsley firefighters dealt with a wheelie bin blaze on Midland Road, Royston.

Fire chiefs said there was one incident related directly to Bonfire Night - a shed which went up in flames after a firework landed on top of it.

The fire on Adkins Drive, Parson Cross, was reported at 9.45pm on Wednesday.

Firefighters extinguished the flames before they spread.

That night Sheffield firefighters also dealt with an outbuilding set alight in the grounds of a derelict property on Wheata Road, Parson Cross, and a settee found burning in a garden on Angram Road, High Green.

A shipping container was also found alight on Brimmesfield Road, Arbourthorne, after a pile of rubbish inside it was set on fire.

Firefighters were also called out to a skip blaze on Senior Road, Darnall, a vehicle found alight on Carlthorpe Grove, High Green, and some tyres found burning on the Bochum Parkway, Meadowhead.

South Yorkshire Police were alerted to the arson attacks and investigations into all the incidents are now underway.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Starting fires is reckless and costs lives, as even small fires like bin and rubbish fires can quickly spread.

“In high-profile, national cases, arson attacks on homes have resulted in murder convictions and substantial prison sentences.

“The maximum sentence for arson is life in prison and we’d encourage members of the public who know of people starting fires in their area to call Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information about the arson attacks should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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