Arson attack on canal boat

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A DERELICT narrowboat moored on the canal in Rotherham town centre went up in flames in an arson attack.

Firefighters were called out to the blaze, off College Road, at 10.30pm on Monday and found the vessel engulfed in flames.

A pile of rubbish had been set alight on board the boat and flames had spread to the basement area.

A total of 15 firefighters dealt with the incident, including five who boarded the boat.

They searched the narrowboat to check that nobody was living on it but found it was empty.