No arrests in probe into arson attack on home in South Yorkshire

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Detectives investigating an arson attack in South Yorkshire which put five lives at risk have not yet made any arrests.

They have issued a new appeal for information to help them track the culprit down.

Petrol was poured through the letter box of a house in Windhill Crescent, Mexborough, in the early hours of Saturday, August 23 and set alight while a woman and her four children were inside.

One of her sons, aged nine, spotted the fire and alerted a neighbour who put the flames out.

He heard a dog barking, noticed the flames from his bedroom window and jumped onto his trampoline in the garden to break his fall.

The youngster alerted a neighbour, who shouted for the family to get out before pouring water onto the flames.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “It is alleged that an accelerant was poured through the letterbox of the property and set alight.

“Nobody was injured during the incident.

“The investigation continues and no arrests have been made.

“Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have information about the incident.”

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101.