Hamilton house fire was arson - police

Police say a house fire in Hamilton on Sunday was deliberately lit, and are seeking help in identifying offenders responsible.

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 fire.

"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 started.

"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.

 

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