Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Arsonists set fire to Rotherham canal boat

Arsonists are believed to be behind a fire on board a canal boat in South Yorkshire.

Fire crews were called to the 20-tonne derelict barge on water near to Central Road, in Rotherham, at about 2230 BST on Monday.

The fire service said rubbish on board the 40ft (12m) long barge had been deliberately set alight, causing fire to spread to its basement.

Fire crews left the scene at about 0100 BST on Tuesday.

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