Two escape uninjured after suspected arson attack on caravan in Outwood (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Two escape uninjured after suspected arson attack on caravan in Outwood
9:58am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
Two people escaped unharmed when a caravan was destroyed in a suspected arson attack in Outwood.
The fire broke out at the mobile home in Prince of Wales Road soon after 1am on Saturday.
Surrey firefighters were called to the scene after calls from members of the public that a caravan close to the Dog and Duck pub was on fire.
People also reported seeing a man approach the caravan shortly before the fire started and pour a suspected accelerant over it.
The fire took hold and partially destroyed the mobile home, and also caused damage to a nearby outbuilding and equipment.
The two people inside the mobile home when the fire started both escaped uninjured.
A Surrey Police spokesman said officers carried out an extensive search of the surrounding area after the fire, but the man reported at the scene by members of the public had not been found.
He was described as white and about 6ft tall, and was wearing a blue boiler suit, a black balaclava, black gloves and brown boots.
He was carrying what is believed to be a green petrol can.
As Life went to press, Scene of Crime Officers (SOCO) and fire investigators were carrying out a detailed examination of the location of the fire.
Appealing for witnesses, Detective Constable Lewis Flanagan said: "This was a serious incident where lives have been put at risk and significant damage has been caused to the mobile home and surrounding properties.”
Det Con Flanagan said: "Fortunately no one was injured during the fire, but the fact that the mobile home was occupied at the time of the incident shows just how easily this fire could have resulted in a tragic outcome.
"We are in the process of carrying out a thorough investigation into the fire, but we need assistance from members of the public to track down those responsible.”
He said: "Anyone who saw the man who approached the mobile home shortly before the incident, or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the fire, should call Surrey Police as a matter of urgency.
"I would also like to hear from anyone who knows someone who came home in the early hours of the morning smelling of petrol, as this information could prove vital to our ongoing investigation.
"Serious incidents of this nature are unusual in Surrey, but I would like to assure Outwood residents that we are doing everything possible to track down those responsible.”
Anyone who witnessed the fire or has information about it should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference TD/13/4779, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.