Witness appeal after arson attack on elderly woman’s house in Fleetwood

Lancashire Police are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack on a house in Fleetwood.

Officers were called at around 9.08pm on Thursday, February 10th, to reports of a fire at an address on Poulton Road.

Emergency Services attended and found the front of the address was alight.

A woman in her 70s was inside the address at the time, she was safely evacuated from the property.

Thankfully she was not injured, and the damage to the address is not thought to be serious.

However the fire is currently being treated as suspicious and a joint investigation between police and the fire service is very much underway.

Detectives are treating the incident as a deliberate attack and believe it to be a case of mistaken identity.

Det Ch Insp Lee Wilson from Lancashire Police said: “We were called last night to reports of a fire at an address where an elderly lady was at home alone.

“Thankfully the fire didn’t really get chance to take hold and the occupant was not hurt. However this incident could have been a lot worse and it is no exaggeration to say she could have been seriously injured, or even killed.

“We are treating the fire as suspicious and an investigation is very much underway. We are now appealing for anybody with information to get in touch. Perhaps you were in the area at that time and saw something suspicious, or maybe you have information about who may be responsible. Whatever information you have we would urge you to get in touch straight away.

“We know this incident will have caused concern in the local community but at this time we believe it was a targeted attack and that there is no wider threat to the public. Our investigation has established that this was not the intended address for the attack and we will increase patrols in the area as a precaution and to offer reassurance to residents.”

Anyone who has information is asked to contact 101 quoting log number 1385 of yesterday’s date. Independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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