Arson caused ‘considerable damage’ to Kettering home

Police have cordoned off a house in St John's Road, Kettering, after a suspected arson attack on Wednesday

Police have cordoned off a house in St John's Road, Kettering, after a suspected arson attack on Wednesday

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A fire which started in a car outside a home in St John’s Road, Kettering, spread to a house last night (Wednesday, February 19).

Investigators believe the fire, which was reported at about 8.30pm, was started in a car parked in front of the property. The blaze then spread to the front of the house.

The scene of the blaze in St Johns Road, Kettering. Picture: Adam Howes

The scene of the blaze in St Johns Road, Kettering. Picture: Adam Howes

Ashley Hall, a passer-by who witnessed the fire, described the scene to the Telegraph.

“When we first got there it was a small fire in the boot of the car,” he said. “There’s a big hedge about two metres from where the car was and the owner of that property was out there with a hose.”

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he had noticed the fire in the boot.

He added: “I went over and hammered on the door and window. No-one came to the door.

“At that point the glass (in the vehicle) had started to explode. I went next door and told them they needed to get their car out of the way.

“The fire brigade took about eight minutes to get here, which was brilliant, but by that time it was all alight.

“It’s just fortunate it was 8.15pm and not the early hours, because everybody would have been in bed.”

Detective Inspector Ali Reynolds confirmed there had been no injuries caused as a result of the fire.

But he added: “It is a serious incident and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in the St John’s Road area at around the time of the fire and who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously, whether on foot or in a vehicle.”

Witnesses to the incident, or anyone with information, are asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

**The second picture in this article was sent in to the Northants Telegraph by Adam Howes.