Home damaged in arson attack

Fire damaged house on Richardson Rise in Gainsborough G121120-4b
Fire damaged house on Richardson Rise in Gainsborough G121120-4b

A GAINSBOROUGH man has been arrested after a Richardson Rise home was the target of a suspected arson attack.

A bottle of flammable liquid was hurled at the house just after midnight on Thursday 15th November.

Luckily, everyone in the Acis-owned property managed to escape without injury.

Residents were shocked it had happened in such a ‘quiet corner’ of the estate, but police officers are warning the incident could have been much worse.

Two fire engines from Gainsborough attended and found the fire had already been put out.

They inspected to make sure the scene was safe, and noted that the blaze had caused severe damage to the curtains and carpet under the living room window.

The rest of the ground floor suffered light smoke damage.

PCSO Penny Shaw, from Gainsborough Police Station, confirmed a bottle containing flammable liquid had been thrown at the house.

“The occupants of the house were able to escape the building, but this incident could have posed a serious risk of harm to the residents of the house targeted, and to those in neighbouring properties,” said PCSO Shaw.

Acis spokesman Tim Steele said that the occupant was safe and well.

“First and foremost, we are thankful that nobody was injured in this incident as the results could have been much worse,” said Tim.

“Upon inspecting the property, the Fire Service deemed it to be inhabitable as a consequence of the damage caused by the attack.”

He continued: “The fire was confined to the downstairs of the house, primarily in one room, and caused some damage to fixtures and fittings, as well as minor smoke damage to walls and ceilings.”

Tim added: “On this occasion rehoming was not necessary as the occupant was able to find alternative short-term accommodation while safety checks were carried out and the property made secure.”

Police are now renewing their appeal for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police by calling 101 quoting incident number 2 of 15th November.

Alternatively, you can also contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling them on 0800 555111.

A spokesman from Lincolnshire Police said that a 30-year-old local man was arrested on 17th November in connection with this incident and has been bailed pending further police enquiries.