Arson investigation started following Kipling Road car and house fire

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Four people escaped unhurt after fire from a car which had been set alight spread to a house in Filton.

The incident happened at around 2am on Monday morning (21st October) in Kipling Road. A car parked on a driveway was set on fire and this spread to the house.

The fire caused significant damage to the house.

There were four people – two adults, a teenage girl and a toddler – asleep inside the house at the time, but fortunately they escaped unhurt.

Police say they believe the fire was started deliberately and an arson investigation has begun.

Detective Inspector Jill Kells said:

“This is a very serious incident but we are lucky that we are not talking today about any deaths. It must be frightening to wake up in the middle of the night to find your home on fire and made so much worse to think that someone could have started it deliberately.”

“An arson investigation has begun and we are determined to identify those responsible and make sure they face the consequences of their deliberate and dangerous actions. If anyone has any information about the incident which could help us please get in touch with us.”

If you saw the fire being started, or know who is responsible, please contact South Gloucestershire CID on 101. Alternatively, phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police

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  1. UPDATE from Avon and Somerset Police (23rd October 2013):

    Petrol can used in Kipling Road suspected arson attack (Filton, Bristol).

    Detectives investigating an arson at a family home in Filton have recovered the petrol can used to carry the accelerant to the scene.

    The petrol can was found at the scene and has been seized for forensic examination. The can appears new and may have been bought in the days before the fire was started. We would like to speak to anyone who believes they may have information about the can.

    The investigation into the fire continues and yesterday we arrested a Bristol man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He was later released on bail while we continue with our enquiries.

    Speaking about the petrol can, Detective Inspector Jill Kells said: “This petrol can is an important line of enquiry for us. We are asking for help from people who may remember selling a petrol can like this recently, saw someone filling one up at a petrol station or being carried in Filton that night. If you remember seeing something which struck you as suspicious, or which you believe may help us, please get in touch.”

    Anyone with information should contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101 quoting 105014/13. Alternatively, phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

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