Police investigation into bungalow blaze

Burned down house on Eastbourne Drive, Chequerfield, Pontefract
Burned down house on Eastbourne Drive, Chequerfield, Pontefract
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A RAGING inferno ripped through a bungalow after a spate of shed break-ins in Pontefract.

Firefighters from Pontefract, Knottingley and Featherstone were called to reports of woman trapped by a blaze at her home on Eastbourne Drive at around 12.50am on Sunday.

Crews rescued the woman, who was taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from shock and smoke inhalation.

The Express understands she has since been discharged.

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the blaze started at the scene of one of four burglaries on the Chequerfield estate that night and say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

She added: “The incidents took place in Eastbourne Close and Eastbourne Drive in Chequerfield and involved items including tools being taken.

“A fire started at the scene of one of the burglaries, the cause of which is being investigated.

“Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) has carried out house to house inquiries and will be stepping up patrols in the area.”

Firefighters say the bungalow blaze was sparked by a fire at a shed at the property, which spread to the neighbouring building.

Flames ripped through the roof and an aerial appliance from Wakefield was drafted in to help quell the flames.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the break-ins to come forward and are trying to trace two suspects.

They are described as youths, both white and of slim build. One wore a black jacket and dark trousers and the second a black top and grey jogging bottoms.

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact Pontefract and Knottingley NPT or Wakefield CID on new non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.