METAL thieves caused a fire after they raided an empty Liversedge house.
Firefighters from Cleckheaton and Batley were called to the blaze at Halifax Road at 2.20am yesterday after a cupboard housing a copper boiler tank was set on fire.
It is thought the thieves may have started the blaze trying to remove the hot water cylinder.
Copper piping and a stainless steel sink were also taken from the Hightown property.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus to extinguish the flames.
The blaze is the latest in a string of fires across West Yorkshire caused by scrap metal thieves.
Last March a Mirfield woman had a lucky escape when an explosion blew the side of her home off.
The gas blast was caused by thieves who had cut away the copper piping to her central heating boiler.
Last month hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage was caused to household appliances in Liversedge when cables thieves raided an electricity sub-station causing a power surge across the region.
Deadly live wires have also been exposed when thieves stripped cables from posts in Emley.