Police appeal for information following arson attack

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Police have appealed to the public for information following an arson attack in Plymouth in the early hours of this morning, Friday 3rd August.

The incident happened in Mylor Close, Pennycross. Police say two lit objects were thrown through the ground floor living room window of the property.

The unknown offenders were on mopeds.

Police, fire and ambulance crews attended the scene and two people, a man in his 50s and woman in her 40s, were treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics.

Police are investigating the incident which is being treated as arson with intent to endanger life.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said on their website:

“On arrival the officer in charge confirmed there was a fire in the ground floor living room. Crews were at work using breathing apparatus and hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. The officer in charge requested another fire appliance to assist at the incident.

“Fire control actioned this and mobilised one fire appliance from Greenbank to the incident.

“The officer in charge requested the attendance of ambulance for two casualties suffering with smoke inhalation.

“Crews ventilated the property using a positive pressure ventilation fan.

“Fire investigation was requested as the officer in charge believed the ignition was deliberate,”

Police are seeking the two suspects. One of them was wearing a motorcycle helmet, a grey tracksuit and trainers with a reflective stripe. The other man was wearing dark clothing.

A police spokesman said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the pair on the moped in the area before or after it happened. We would like to reassure residents that we believe this is targeted attack.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by phone on 101, quoting crime reference CR/070107/18.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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