Arsonists ‘could have killed’ a Sheffield family after it is believed lighted materials were pushed through their letter box in the early hours of this morning, setting their home ablaze.
The occupants of the house, on Jenkin Road, Wincobank, were alerted by the smoke alarm and managed to escape before dialling 999.
Firefighters managed to contain the flames within the hallway but smoke spread through the terraced property.
Shocked neighbours were woken by the arrival of fire engines at about 2.20am today.
The fire happened only a day after a car had been set on fire on the front drive of the same property on Friday night.
One neighbour said: “How can someone do that to people’s houses when they are inside. It is lucky they were not killed.”
Another woman who lives nearby said: “They are a good family and have been here years. It’s quite a large, extended family. One of them, an older man who I just know as John, had been taken into hospital after the car fire, I think due to the shock of it all.”
A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Fire Service said: “We attended the property at about 2.20am. The family living at the property had been alerted by the smoke alarm and they managed to evacuate safely.
“The incident is being investigated by the police. A car was set on fire at the same property the previous night and the police are also looking into that.”
Anyone with information about the fires should call police on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800555111.