Police are investigating a suspicious fire which broke out at a house in the early hours.
Firefighters were called to a blaze at a home in Cox’s Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse, shortly before 5.30am today (October 22).
Three adults and two children were inside the property and managed to escape unharmed.
Detective Sergeant Matt Scott, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thankfully one of the occupants was awake and managed to alert the rest of the family to the fire.
“As a result they all managed to escape unharmed.
“The ground floor has been severely damaged by the fire and an investigation is underway. Early indications suggest the fire may have been started deliberately.
“We would like to reassure residents that we are investigating the incident and our enquiries are continuing today.
“We would urge anyone in the area to come forward and talk to us if they saw anything suspicious or have any information that could assist our investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 90 of 22 October.
Alternatively, information can be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.