RESIDENTS were rescued from a block of flats after a deliberate fire outside spread into the building on Friday.
Firefighters from Maltby, Rotherham, Edlington and Aston Park stations attended the incident on St Barbara’s Close, Maltby.
The blaze spread from outside to the foyer area and an upstairs flat within the two-storey block shortly after 7.30pm.
The fire took about 45 minutes to put out and four residents were rescued from inside the building.
A fire service spokesman said: “Fire control operators remained on the phone to occupants throughout.
“By providing important fire survival advice, occupants were quickly guided to a place of safety in which they could reach fresh air.
“This allowed crews to rescue the occupants safely and quickly away from the building using ladders.”
The incident was one of four fires in Maltby over the weekend, which also included a fatal flat fire four hours later.
A man in his 50s died in the blaze on Queen Mary Street, the cause of which is under investigation.
Firefighters also dealt with a vehicle fire on Birks Holt Drive at about midnight on Friday. The blaze, involving a Vauxhall Astra van, was recorded as accidental.
And a Toyota Land Cruiser was deliberately set alight on Addison Road at about 11.30pm on Saturday.
Elsewhere, fire crews were called to an amount of tyres alight on School Close in Wales. The incident, at about 9.30pm on Sunday, was recorded as accidental.