Firefighters in battle to stop grass blaze

Fire on land off Poplar Way, Catcliffe
Fire on land off Poplar Way, Catcliffe
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firefighters spent five hours tackling two grassland blazes in South Yorkshire - one believed to have been started by arsonists.

A team of 20 from three stations were tied up from 1.40pm until 5.30pm on Tuesday, tackling the fire on land off Rother View Road, Canklow, Rotherham.

They used four water jets, hose reels and water-filled backpacks and beaters to extinguish the flames.

A hunt for the arsonist or group responsible for the fire is now under way. Firefighters are urging anyone with information to call Crimestoppers to pass on the names.

As soon as the blaze was extinguished firefighters were alerted to another incident on land off Poplar Way, Catcliffe, near Sheffield. The cause of that blaze is not yet known.

Steve Makepeace, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue head of community safety, said although these two fires were in the open, residents need to take precautions.

“With the weather staying warm, we’re asking residents to remain vigilant and take basic precautions to reduce their own risk of arson. Store rubbish securely away from buildings but within the boundary of your property, don’t overfill bins and put them out on the morning of collection.”

Fire service chiefs warned that arsonists put lives at risk by taking firefighters away from genuine emergencies.