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Arson probe launched after fire is set beneath bay window

Posted on 19th September 2017

We have launched an arson investigation after a fire was started beneath the bay window of a house in Chesterfield.

The fire was set outside the house, in Newbridge Lane, Old Whittington, between about 11pm on Wednesday, September 13 and 7.30am the next morning.

The blaze had extinguished itself overnight but had caused heat damage to windows and drainpipes.

It was discovered when the occupant of the house, who was at home when the fire was set, woke up the next morning and found the ground floor filled with smoke.

We are treating the incident as arson with intent to endanger life and want to hear from anyone who might be able to help our inquiries.

Did you see anything suspicious, or do you live in the area and have private CCTV cameras that may have filmed the offender?

Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Kevin McInally on 101, quoting reference 17000394149.

Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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