Police’s hunt for firebomb home attacker

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POLICE have made a fresh appeal for information after a Wigan woman had a lucky escape from her arson-hit home.

A make-shift firebomb was ignited outside her front door but fortunately it did not take hold.

Both police and firefighters have now praised the occupant for having a working smoke alarm which gave her warning of the incident.

It was at about 1.15am on Monday June 24, that a 45-year-old woman was woken by the smoke alarm going off at her home on Fairhurst Avenue, Standish.

She went to investigate and found slight damage to her front door. Alarmed she reported the matter to the emergency services.

Officers have since established that a jar filled with unknown accelerants had been placed next to her front door with a rag pushed inside as a fuse.

The rag was lit but, by pure chance the fire extinguished itself after causing some damage to the door.

PC Graeme Pendlebury, from the Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Because the victim had working smoke alarms she was alerted to the fire that was deliberately started outside her front door.

“Thankfully it didn’t fully take hold and appears to have extinguished itself.

“While she escaped unharmed and the damage was relatively minor, obviously the potential outcome could have been one of death and destruction.

“If anyone has any information about the person responsible or why the victim’s house was targeted I would urge them to call me in absolute confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.