Van blaze next to house where man lay sleeping

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POLICE are hunting an arsonist who lit a van on fire right next to a home where a man lay sleeping.

At around 12.30am emergency services were called to an address on City Road, at the junction of Montrose Avenue, Kitt Green, to reports of a vehicle fire.

Firefighters battled the blaze on a Citroen van, which was fully consumed with fire next to a house.

Because of the strong winds, the flames were reaching up as high as the roof of the home and had completely melted the drainpipe.

Luckily crews managed to control the fire before it spread. A man in his early 20s was evacuated from the house.

Police are now investigating the incident as arson.