West Midlands Police are seeking witnesses following a suspected arson attack on a Rednal home in the early hours of the morning today.
West Midlands Fire Service called the police to an address in St Columbas Drive, Rednal shortly before 1am. At the time of the fire, there were 5 people in the house – two adults and three children. They were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and all managed to get to safety without any injury.
The fire is being treated as arson. Detectives and forensic investigators were examining the scene today and extra officers are patrolling the area.
Senior Investigating Officer Ian Iliffe said: “It is only luck and the fact that the victims had a smoke alarm fitted that no one was hurt. This has been a shocking ordeal for all involved particularly the children inside the address.
“There could have only been one thing on the mind of the offender(s) and that was to cause serious harm to the occupants.
“Someone knows who is responsible for this unusual crime that had potentially devastating consequences and I would urge them to come forward with any information.
“If anyone saw petrol being purchased in canisters or being siphoned from a vehicle by a group of people or an individual and there was something about there behaviour that you were uncomfortable with late last night or in the early hours of this morning I would like to hear from you.
“If someone you live with or you came into contact with someone smelling of petrol for no apparent reason in the early hours of Wednesday 29 June then I would like to hear from you.
“If you know anything at all please think about what could have been. We need the community to come forward with information to help bring those responsible to justice.”
If you think you may have seen anything suspicious or know who may have been involved, please contact CID in Birmingham on 0345 113 5000. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or send information online via their website.