Lives put at risk after arson attack outside block of flats in Sheffield

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An arson attack at a block of flats in Sheffield put lives at risk as flames spread while occupants slept.

A pile of rubbish was set alight outside flats in Batemoor Place, Batemoor, in the early hours of Saturday.

Batemoor Place, Batemoor, Sheffield

Batemoor Place, Batemoor, Sheffield

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The fire was discovered at around 5am when flames spread into one flat and smoke drifted into another.

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A young family in the burning flat managed to escape along with an elderly lady in the other affected property.

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Firefighters extinguished the flames while police officers launched an investigation into the incident.

A hunt for the arsonist responsible is now under way.

The flats were cordoned off on Saturday while enquiries were carried out at the scene.

Some occupants were taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

The Red Cross sent its welfare unit to the flats to assist those affected by the blaze.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.