Appeal following arson attack at house in Widnes Date published: 18th February 2019 3.51pm

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an arson attack at a house in Widnes.

At around 10.30pm on Friday 15 February a living room window was smashed in Kemberton Drive.

An accelerant was then thrown into the house.

The resulting fire spread from the living room to other downstairs rooms and caused extensive damage to the house before being extinguished by firefighters.

Two cars parked on the driveway were also damaged by the fire.

Thankfully the occupants were able to get out of the house without suffering any injuries.

Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who witnessed the fire being started or saw anything suspicious in the area to come forward.

They are also keen to hear from anyone who believes they may know who started the fire or have CCTV or dashcam footage that may aid the investigation.

Detective Constable James Simpson said: “Arson is an extremely serious offence – people can die as a result of fires being started deliberately.

“In this instance the fire caused substantial damage to a house before it was put out by firefighters and the occupants were thankfully able to get out without being injured.

“The incident could have been a lot worse than it was.

“I would like to reassure the community that we believe this to be an isolated incident and are determined to catch whoever was responsible for the fire and bring them to justice.

“Enquiries are ongoing and I urge anyone who saw what happened or witnessed anything suspicious in the area to get in touch.

“The same goes for anyone who has information about anyone involved in the fire or any vehicles used.

“We also want to hear from anyone who believes they may have CCTV or dashcam footage that could be relevant to our investigation.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may help detectives with their ongoing investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 323314, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To submit dashcam footage go online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.