POLICE and fire investigators are today hunting an arsonist after a “reckless” spree of fires - ending with a bed being set ablaze at the front door of a house, trapping the people inside.
Firefighters said the three men and two women who were rescued from the property on Lune Grove, South Shore, were lucky to be alive after 8ft flames blocked their escape.
When firefighters, who were called to battle the blaze at 4.30am, arrived at the scene they found three people hanging out of windows of the building shouting for help and two other people stuck on the roof of a shop below.
One man who lives on the ground floor had managed to escape through a back door.
South Shore watch manager Steve Palmer warned the six people inside the property “could have been killed”.
He said: “We were faced with a scene of chaos - three people were hanging out of windows, some of them had climbed out onto a flat roof to get away from the smoke.
“It must have been terrifying experience for them.
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