Police say a house fire in Hamilton on Sunday was
deliberately lit, and are seeking help in identifying
Detective sergeant Simon Cherry of the Hamilton CIB said
emergency services were called to the scene of the fire at a
house on Cook St, Hamilton East about 1.45am.
"Residents of neighbouring properties had phoned 111 after
they were woken by the blaze and shocked by the extent of the
"Firefighters arrived to find the rear of the house engulfed
in flames and extensive damage was caused before the fire
could be extinguished. Fortunately the house wasn't occupied
at the time of the incident and no other neighbouring
properties were damaged."
A scene examination showed accelerants were used to start the
fire which was deliberately lit, Mr Cherry said.
"To that end detectives are seeking any information from
members of the public in relation to the fire or person's
seen acting suspiciously in the area around the time it
"As with all house fires there is always a risk that someone
could have been seriously injured or killed. Thankfully
no-one was home on Sunday and the police encourage anyone
with information to contact them to help prevent any further
damage, injury or loss of life."
Anyone with information is asked to contact detective
constable Christie Gilliver at the Hamilton Central Police
Station on 07 8586200, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.