Arson attacks during fire strike in South Yorkshire

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Volunteer firefighters dealt with a series of arson attacks while they covered for striking crews last night.

They were alerted to blazes between 5pm and 7pm while they were covering for regular firefighters taking industrial action in an ongoing dispute with the Government over changes to their pensions and a lack of jobs for aging firefighters deemed no longer fit for the frontline.

There were no calls received during the first period of strike action between 6am and 8am yesterday but during the second period later in the day there were five arson attacks.

Volunteers were called to a grassland fire on Farm Road, Kendray, Barnsley; rubbish found burning on wasteland off Doncaster Road, Tickhill, Doncaster; rubbish set alight on Dearne Road,

Bolton-upon-Dearne, Barnsley; burning grass on Eastern Drive, Arbouthorne, Sheffield and a bin set alight on Everingham Road, Cantley, Doncaster.

During this morning’s fire strike, again between 6am and 8am, volunteers were called out once.

A grill pan caught fire on Cleveland Street, Doncaster, but it was already out when help arrived.

Firefighters are due to stage a series of walk-outs this week, including another between 5pm and 7pm tonight.

Tomorrow they will strike again between 6am and 8am, and 5pm and 7pm.

On Friday they will walk out between 6am and 8am.

Later that day they will down tools again at 11pm, and stay out until 1am on Saturday.

That Saturday they will also strike between 11am and 1pm, before staging another walk-out between 11pm and 1am on Sunday, July 20.

They are also planning to strike between 5pm and 7pm that Sunday and between 6am and 8am, and 5pm and 7pm on Monday, July 21.