Man flees arson attack at home

The scene of a house fire on Newton Drive, Richmond Hill, Doncaster
The scene of a house fire on Newton Drive, Richmond Hill, Doncaster
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A TERRIFIED man fled through an upstairs bedroom window to escape the flames following an arson attack on his Doncaster home.

It is believed petrol may have been used to start a fire at the door of the house in Sprotbrough in the middle of the night.

Police and fire chiefs are now carrying out a joint investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Detectives quizzed a Bentley man after the incident and he will be questioned further at a later date.

Fire swept through the semi-detached home in Newton Drive at around 2.30am on Sunday.

Fire crews manning four pumps were able to stop the blaze spreading to the neighbouring property, but said extensive damage was caused to the victim’s house.

The man, who is believed to be in his mid to late twenties, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation. He also had minor injuries to his hand inflicted when he made his way out of the blazing building.

Yesterday the house was boarded up at the front door and bedroom window, and the gas and electricity supplies had been disconnected.

A fire service spokesman said the crews were on the scene for three hours.

Some of them wore breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze internally.

They also used powerful fans to ventilate the structure after the flames were extinguished.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said an investigation was being carried out but it was being treated as a deliberate attack.

Last night a South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The occupant of the house managed to escape through the bedroom window sustaining a cut to his wrist.

“Police are treating this as deliberate and a 28-year-old man from the Bentley area has been arrested in connection with this. He has been released pending further enquiries. Police continue to investigate.”

Fire crews were called back to Sprotbrough yesterday afternoon when an area of grassland in Spring Lane was set alight.

n A blaze which destroyed a domestic garage in Shirley Road, Hexthorpe, on Saturday afternoon is also being treated as arson.