Sheffield firefighters warning after arson attacks

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FIREFIGHTERS have hit out at arsonists who started blazes involving rubbish and an old caravan just before a serious car crash outside their station.

Watch manager Mick Riddiough, of Aston fire station, said they attended the arson attacks then came back to find the smash.

He said: “We came back to find a Renault Clio wrapped around a lamppost outside the fire station.

“There was serious damage to the driver’s side.

“I’ve seen people killed where there has been less impact.

“The driver was lucky and escaped serious injury before running off for whatever reason, but there could have been a serious casualty who needed our help when we were dealing with deliberate fires.

“Arsonists should be aware of potential consequences of their actions.”

The crash was between 11.20pm on Saturday and 12.30am yesterday.

Crews also dealt with a Toyota Avensis fire on the A57 Mosborough Parkway, on Saturday, at about 10.40pm, and a two-car crash on Blyth Road, Worksop, on Saturday, at about 8.40pm.