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Second fire at a Rushcliffe village property leads to arson appeal

Police investigating a suspected arson attack at a house are again appealing for witnesses to come forward after a second fire over the weekend.

Officers were called to a blaze at the four-bedroom property in Melton Road, Stanton-on-the-Wolds, in the early hours of Sunday (7 July) – seven days after a previous fire was reported at the same address.

Thankfully no-one was inside the detached property during either incident.

Following the first fire, it was reported someone had entered the house and a fire had been started within the property. Extensive damage was caused to the guttering and cladding at the rear of the address.

It is believed the fire was started deliberately between Saturday 29 June and 5.01pm on Monday (1 July 2024), which is when the incident was reported to police.

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The second fire was reported at 12.45am yesterday (Sunday) and caused severe damage to three upstairs bedrooms and the roof.

Firefighters attended and extinguished the blaze, with a structural engineer called to make the property safe.

A joint police and fire investigation is continuing to take place, with early indications suggesting the fire was started deliberately.

Detective Sergeant Katie Hurrell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“We are continuing to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of this incident and are working closely with colleagues in Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to establish exactly how this latest fire began.

“The property has been undergoing repairs from flood damage and so the owner has thankfully been living elsewhere at the time these fires occurred.

“We believe these fires were started deliberately and are working to identify the person or people responsible.

“I am aware that this incident has caused considerable concern in the local community and I would like to reassure residents we are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry to establish the full circumstances, including reviewing CCTV footage.

“Residents in the area may see an increased police presence over the coming days providing reassurance and advice following this latest incident.

“To help us with our investigation we’re appealing for anyone who saw what happened to please come forward.

“We would particularly like to hear from any drivers who may have dashcam footage recorded in the area leading up to 12.45am on Sunday. If you remember seeing anyone outside the property at this time we ask you to review that footage and get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“Similarly, if anyone passing by at around this time noticed anything at all out of place then we want to hear from them. Even the smallest bit of information could make all the difference to this investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 41 of 7 July 2024, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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