Arsonists torched two sheds on an allotment – then set a third one alight as firefighters were battling the blaze.
The sheds, at George Street allotments, South Hiendley, were set on fire at about 2.30am this morning.
Watch commander Allan Senior, from South Elmsall station, said he believed the fire was linked to a spate of deliberate fires in the area.
He said: “One of the lads thought he heard us talking, but then the other shed was set alight.”
He said firefighters had tackled the blaze for two and a half hours in 50mph winds. He said the water supply was poor on the allotments and firefighters had struggled but managed to stop the fire from spreading.
He said: “A pub was demolished near here and we have had a spate of fires in the area that have been deliberate.
This is very dangerous – it’s putting us in harm’s way and it’s taking us from where we might be needed to save somebody’s life, especially now when the weather is so bad. We have had problems with road traffic accidents, falling trees and house fires.
“If we are not there, pumps have to come from other areas. Arson is a criminal act and we are taking it very seriously.”
Police said they went to the allotments at about 3.40am but the offenders were no longer there.
A spokesman said neighbourhood policing team officers were going back this morning for information about the incident.