Four escape after arson attack - man arrested

Published on: 25 Oct 2013

Four people escaped unhurt after fire from a car set alight spread to a house in Filton.

The incident happened at around 2am on Monday morning (October 21) in Kipling Road.

Detectives investigating the fire have recovered the petrol can used to carry the accelerant to the scene.

The petrol can was found at the scene and has been seized for forensic examination. The can appears new and may have been bought in the days before the fire was started. Policewould like to speak to anyone who believes they may have information about the can.

Officers also arrested a Bristol man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He was later released on bail while police continue with their enquiries.

Speaking about the petrol can, Detective Inspector Jill Kells said: "This petrol can is an important line of enquiry for us. We are asking for help from people who may remember selling a petrol can like this recently, saw someone filling one up at a petrol station or being carried in Filton that night. If you remember seeing something which struck you as suspicious, or which you believe may help us, please get in touch."

In the incident, a car parked on a driveway was set on fire and this spread to the house. The fire caused significant damage to the house.

There were four people – two adults, a teenage girl and a toddler - asleep inside the house at the time but fortunately they escaped unhurt. Police believe the fire was started deliberately and an arson investigation has begun.

DI Kells said: "This was a very serious incident but we are lucky that we are not talking today about any deaths. It must be frightening to wake up in the middle of the night to find your home on fire and made so much worse to think that someone could have started it deliberately.

"An arson investigation has begun and we are determined to identify those responsible and make sure they face the consequences of their deliberate and dangerous actions. If anyone has any information about the incident which could help us please get in touch with us." If you saw the fire being started, or know who is responsible, please contact South Gloucestershire CID on 101. Alternatively, phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call."

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