BURGLARS nearly blew up a house in Thornhill yesterday.
Fire crews were called to an address at Frank Lane at 10.30am after reports of a rubbish fire.
When firefighters arrived they found someone had tried to get entry at the back of the house.
They failed, but set fire to the rubbish bin. The blaze melted the bin and also a gas pipe cover.
The pipe ruptured and the gas supply set on fire.
Dewsbury Watch manager Ronnie Goldwater said: "It was a very dangerous situation. We isolated the gas and called for Transco."
Police are now investigating the incident.