Officers from Warrington CID investigating a first floor flat fire in the town are appealing for information and footage from members of the public.
A joint investigation has been launched by Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service into the cause of the fire that has left a 52-year-old man in hospital with serious burns.
Firefighters were called to the blaze on Whitecross Road shortly before 11.30pm yesterday, Tuesday 10 September.
They rescued the man and a dog, who were both unconscious, from the flat and administered oxygen to them both.
Once paramedics arrived the man was taken to hospital via an ambulance. His condition is described as critical but stable.
The dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier called Ty, regained consciousness after being given oxygen via a pet oxygen mask. He was taken to an out of hours vets by an RSPCA inspector.
Ty has since been moved to a different vets. His condition is not believed to be life threatening.
At this stage it is believed that the fire was started deliberately.
Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may help their investigation to come forward.
They also want to hear from anyone who believes they have CCTV footage that could be relevant to the investigation.
Sergeant Darren Reid, of Warrington CID, said: “A man is in hospital with serious injuries as a result of this incident.
“I would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to establish how the fire started, working alongside colleagues from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
“As part our investigation we are appealing for anyone who believes they have information or footage that may be relevant to the fire to get in touch with the team here at Warrington CID.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may help detectives with their investigation is asked to call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 509950, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.