Witness appeal over arson attack at homes

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Police are appealing for help tracing a man they want to interview in connection with a fire which led to the evacuation of a number of homes in Rotherham.

Emergency services were called to the fire on Wilcox Green, Wingfield, on Saturday, June 8, at about 8.20am, to find flames outside a house which had damaged a gas pipe.

Residents were evacuated as a safety precaution.

The fire is believed to have been started deliberately.

And police officers investigating the blaze have now issued a description of a man they want to speak to after he was seen in the area at the time the fire broke out.

The man is described as white, about 5ft 8in, in his mid to late teens and with mousy brown hair

The man was wearing a jumper with beige-grey coloured pattern hoops and dark bottoms.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are appealing for information and for witnesses to come forward following a fire outside an address in the Wingfield area of Rotherham.

“No-one was injured during this incident.

“However, the fire caused damage to the property and to a gas pipe, which resulted in residents being evacuated from a number of properties in the vicinity.

Police officers are investigating the fire as an alleged arson.

“A man was seen leaving the area at the time who police would like to speak to, as that person may hold vital information.”

n Anyone with information about the fire or the man officers want to trace is asked to call101, quoting incident number 312 of June 8.

Details can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.