Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses and information after a fire was started deliberately at a house in Southport in the early hours of Saturday, 1 November.
Officers were called to the house on Norwood Road by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service at around 1.30am. Around 40 minutes earlier, at 12.50am, a man living at the house had been woken up by his dog barking.
He went downstairs and found that three wheelie bins had been set on fire outside his house. The fire then spread to a caravan on the drive and subsequently to the house itself. The outside walls were damaged and some windows were smashed but luckily no-one was injured.
The property has been forensically examined by crime scene investigators and house-to-house inquiries have been carried out.
CCTV is being located and reviewed and an investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.
Detective Inspector Rob Hill, Sefton CID, said: “Whoever did this is incredibly reckless and has put an entire family’s lives at risk.
“In total, two adults and three young children were in the house at the time of the incident and it is only through sheer good fortune that none of them was injured, or even killed.
“I’d like to reassure the community in Southport that incidents such as this are very rare and we are doing everything we can to bring the people responsible to justice.
“Norwood Road is a very busy road and even though this happened in the early hours of Saturday, it’s likely that people were still on their way home from Halloween events or nights out.
“I’d appeal to anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in the area, or has any information whatsoever about this fire, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information can call detectives in Sefton CID on 0151 777 3011 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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