Arson attack caused £75,000 worth of damage to flats in Barnsley

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Detectives are investigating an arson attack which caused £75,000 worth of damage to a block of flats in South Yorkshire.

The blaze broke out on Barnsley Road, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, on Saturday, October 4 after a shutter door to an underground car park was forced open and a vehicle was set alight.

Police said the shutter door was then closed as the fire inside raged.

Flames spread to another vehicle parked under the flats and residents living above were advised to move out while firefighters tackled the blaze.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are asking for the public’s assistance into an investigation that has caused £75,000 of damage to a block of flats in Goldthorpe.

“On October 4, at approximately 11.30pm, forced entry was gained through a shutter door into the underground car park below the flats on Barnsley Road.

“There were two cars parked in the car park and a fire was started in one of the vehicles and the shutter door then closed.

“Both cars were destroyed in the fire and there has been an estimated cost of £75,000 to repair the damage caused.”