Firefighters were called out to deal with two unrelated suspected arson attacks in the space of a few hours.

Crews from Fairweather Green and Bradford have been praised for preventing a fire in a lean-to shed filled with timber from spreading to an empty shop in Thornton Road after they were called to Back Blythe Avenue, off Thornton Road, Girlington, at about 9.15pm on Monday.

Firefighters spent about three hours tackling the fire.

Crew commander Ian Hales, of Fairweather Green station, said firefighters had to try and remove pieces of the timber from the shed to allow them to tackle the fire.

The fire is believed to have been started deliberately.

He said: “The crews have done a good job to stop it from spreading into the rear of an empty shop in Thornton Road.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said timber and waste at the back of the premises was believed to have been deliberately set alight and CCTV inquiries were ongoing yesterday.

In an earlier separate incident, emergency services were called to a house fire at Oswaldthorpe Avenue, in Thornbury, after receiving reports of fireworks being thrown through a window.

Police have said three people were in the house at the time of the incident at about 8pm on Monday. Nobody was injured.

Officers have urged witnesses or anyone with information on either incident to contact the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.