Arson attack on Sheffield OAP’s home

Damage caused by a bin fire at 23 Stovin Gardens in Sheffield
Damage caused by a bin fire at 23 Stovin Gardens in Sheffield

A PENSIONER has been left terrified after her home was targeted in an arson attack.

The 60-year-old had a narrow escape after the front door of her Sheffield home was set alight.

She was only alerted to the blaze when the smell of burning filled the bungalow in Stovin Gardens, Darnall, as she prepared to go to bed.

The woman, who is so terrified of being targeted again she does not wish to be named, had to make her way through a smoke-filled hall and douse the flames with water to get out of the house, before raising the alarm.

Flames had also spread to the front windows.

Firefighters confirmed the blaze was the result of an arson attack.

The woman said: “I was watching telly and I started to smell burning. I went to have a look and the whole door was on fire.

“I’m glad I didn’t go to bed because it could have set my house on fire and I’d have been trapped. “I could only just get out, I just kept using water.

“My front door was completely black.”

She added: “No human being in their right mind does something like this. I’m frightened and it’s caused me a lot of stress.”

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Darnall firefighters were called t just after 10pm and arrived to find a door well alight.

“Thankfully the occupant was able to exit the property safely but this incident could have been much more serious had it not been for the prompt response of fire crews. We believe the fire was deliberately started.”

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Arson is an extremely serious offence with potentially fatal consequences.

“Rest assured we will pursue anyone perpetrating this crime.

He added: “Anyone caught and convicted could face a lengthy sentence.”