Arsonists torch car parked outside St Albans home

Fire crews on The Ridgeway, St Albans

Fire crews on The Ridgeway, St Albans - Credit: Archant

Arsonists doused a car with accelerant and torched it outside a family home in St Albans recently (July 19).

Fire crews and police were called to a property on The Ridgeway at about 7.45pm, because a black Range Rover Sport parked in the driveway was well alight and the fire was starting to scorch the house.

Whoever burnt the car made off on foot, carrying a petrol can.

One person inside the house had to be rescued by firefighters, but they were unharmed.

Two fire crews from St Albans and one from Wheathampstead attended - they had extinguished the fire by about 8.10pm.

Investigating PC Mark Chipchase, said: “The fire caused significant damage to the vehicle and also caused damage to the front of the property.

“Thankfully no-one was injured by the fire but there were people inside the property at the time and the fire could have put them at serious risk of injury or worse.

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“I am appealing for anyone who believes they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time stated or saw a person running from the address to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference number F1/17/3452, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.