A trapped woman was rescued from her blazing home by fire crews after the property was targeted in a suspected arson attack.
Firefighters put a ladder up to the front bedroom window of the semi-detached house in Manor Lane, Dinnington, and carried the 35-year-old woman to safety.
She was taken to hospital where she was treated for burns and smoke inhalation.
Police were called to the scene at 5.05am and officers bravely battled the flames with a fire extinguisher from their vehicle before fire crews from Aston and Maltby stations arrived at the scene.
Officers have arrested a 23-year-old man and 19-year-old woman on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.
A fire service spokeswoman said when firefighters arrived at the property the woman was trapped in an upstairs bedroom which was filled with thick smoke.
“The lady was trapped upstairs in one of the bedrooms. The fire crews used a ladder and rescued her from the upstairs bedroom window.
“Her wheelie bin had been set on fire deliberately and the fire had spread to the house.
“Fortunately the lady had a smoke alarm and it had woken her up.”
The woman’s next door neighbour, Edie Macefield, said she was on her way to the bathroom in the early hours when she heard noises outside and turned on her yard light.
“There was smoke everywhere and I could see police officers around the back of my new neighbour’s house,” said the 84-year-old.
“I panicked and went to get dressed. Our houses are connected and I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I didn’t want to be in my nightie if I needed to make a run for it.
“I’m just flabbergasted this has happened here - we could have been waking up to a real tragedy this morning.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “At 5.05am police were called to a house in Manor Road where they found a wheelie bin that had been pushed up against a door of the property was on fire.
“Police officers used fire extinguishers from their vehicle to put out the flames.
“A 35-year-old lady was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital where she was treated for smoke inhalation and burns to her face.
“Nobody else was injured.
“A short while later a 23-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, and are currently in police custody.
“Police believe this was an isolated incident.”
Fire crews were at the scene for two-and-a-half hours.
Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 217 of November 1.