Warning after spate of arson attacks in Knottingley

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Firefighters have issued a warning after a second grass fire in Knottingley in just over a month.

Crews from Pontefract and Castleford were called to reports of elephant grass ablaze off Windermere Drive at around 3.15pm yesterday (April 14).

Six patches of the grass, which is about eight feet tall, had been deliberately set alight.

And two piles of rubbish, including tyres, were also burning away.

Steve Holt, Watch Commander at Pontefract Station, said: “There was a lot of smoke coming from the tyres and we were struggling to see over the elephant grass because of the flames.”

The blaze followed an elephant grass fire off Windermere Drive and Hazel Road last month.

Firefighters from Pontefract, Castleford and Normanton used ten beaters to put out the blaze, which took place on March 7.

Neighbourhood police will be present in the area today and anyone with information about the fires is asked to contact them.

Watch Commander Holt said: “These fires can be very dangerous especially if children are playing in the grass. They may suddenly become surrounded by flames. I’d urge youngsters to stay away.”