Doncaster crime and fire round-up: Patients evacuated after DRI blaze

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Scores of patients at Doncaster Royal Infirmary were evacuated after a minor fire filled wards with smoke.

Two wards were emptied as a precaution on Friday night after smoke from a fire in the basement of the Armthorpe Road hospital caused smoke to filter into the ventilaton system and into the building.

Crews from Doncaster, Edlington and Adwick Fire Stations attended the incident at around 9.30pm to extinguish the blaze using breathing apparatus.

The fire was caused by an overheating washing machine. Officers spent two hours at the scene and no-one was injured in the drama which echoes a similar incident two years ago when fire broke out in the basement.

Crews from Edlington Fire Station were called into action to deal with a chimney blaze at a house in Balby. Officers dealt with the incident at about midnight on Saturday, spending ninety minutes dealing with the blaze which caused smoke to billow back inside the Alverley Lane property.

Police have warned motorists to be on their guard after several thefts from vehicles. A coat was taken from a car in Hartland Crescent, Edenthorpe, golf gear went from a car at South End, Thorne and number plates were taken from a car in Queen’s Drive, Bentley over the weekend.

Police are investigating after a series of thefts from a Mexborough pub car park. Vehicles parked at Pastures Lodge have been targeted in recent weeks. Power tools were taken in the latest attack at the weekend.

A Doncaster police chief has urged residents to beef up security following a series of break-ins. Supt Natalie Shaw issued thed warning after computer consoles were stolen from a house in Toll Bar and an attempted break-in at a house in Crompton Avenue, Sprotbrough over the weekend.

Computers were taken in a burglary at a house in Melling Avenue, Sprotbrough over the weekend. In a separate incident, jewellery and PCs were taken from a home in Osprey Close, Adwick.

Keys were taken during a a burglary at house in Mews Court, Dunscroft over the weekend while jewellery was snatched from a house in First Crescent, Rossington in a separate incident reported to police.