Arsonists strike at empty home

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FIREFIGHTERS’ lives were put at risk after an unoccupied Sheffield house was set alight for the second time in a month.

Two firefighters searched the smoke-logged semi-detached home on Lindsay Avenue, Sheffield Lane Top, looking for victims after a fire was lit in the front bedroom.

They had to negotiate ripped-up floorboards and ceilings, in darkness, after thieves stole copper piping in the heating system, a fire spokesman said, but no-one was found.

The incident in the early hours of yesterday comes a month after a blaze was started in a back bedroom.

It spread to the adjourning house, forcing the occupants to flee. The fire spokesman said they had not returned before yesterday’s blaze.