Appeal for witnesses following a fire in Chester Date published: 11th May 2017 1.11pm

Police are appealing for information following a suspected arson in Chester.

On Wednesday 3 May, police were notified of fire in a garden at an address on Willow Road, Lache.

The incident is believed to have occurred at approximately 22:25pm.
Emergency services attended the scene and a cordon was put in place for police and fire to establish the full circumstances of the incident - and to ensure the safety of the local residents.

An investigation has been launched and officers from Chester Local Policing Unit are currently carrying out a number of enquiries in a bid to trace those responsible.

DC Pritchard said: “It is believed the fire was started maliciously. Arson is a serious crime which can have devastating impact on victims. Fortunately no-one was injured as a result of the fire.

“We are currently following up a number of lines of enquiry and I am keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anyone acting suspiciously. If anyone believes that they have any information that could assist with our enquiries please come forward.”

Fire Investigation Officer James Willmott said: “The crime of arson is extremely dangerous. Fire spreads quickly so what may seem like a small fire can easily burn out of control.

“I would encourage residents to always report any suspicious activity to the police or anonymously to Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire police on 101 quoting incident number 1070 of 3 May.

Information can also be left anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.