Two homes evacuated as gas meter on fire

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Two houses had to be evacuated after vandals set fire to a gas meter box.

Fire crews from Illingworth were called to Furness Drive at around 11pm on Wednesday night.

The gas meter box on the side of an empty house had been set on fire.

The crew remained at the scene until 3.30am when gas safety officers were able to come and turn off the gas supply.