Gang set car alight after pouring petrol over it before attempting to set fire to home in Fleetwood arson attack

A gang set fire to a car after dousing it in petrol before attempting to a set a house alight in Fleetwood.

Approximately eight men poured petrol over a car before setting it alight outside an address in Kentmere Close at around 9.30pm on Tuesday (June 28).

The gang then attempted to set the domestic property alight by pouring a trail of petrol up to the home from the burning vehicle.

Police said this failed to light and the offenders – who were all wearing dark clothes and balaclavas – fled the scene on foot.

A gang attempted to set a home on fire in Kentmere Close, Fleetwood (Credit: Google)

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Det Insp Jill Vescovi, of Fleetwood Police, said: “Fortunately the fire did not spread further than the car and driveway, but this is pure luck and this incident could have been so much worse.​“We would now like to hear from anybody who saw what happened, or who saw the group of men making off from the scene.

“We would also like to see any CCTV, dashcam, doorbell or mobile phone footage which could help us piece together what happened.”

Detectives said they were particularly keen to see footage which could help them establish which way the offenders fled.

“We appreciate that this incident may have caused concern in the community, but at this point we believe the offenders and victim are known to each other and that there is no wider threat,” Det Insp Jill Vescovi added.

“However we will have extra patrols in the area and anybody with concerns is welcome to speak to an officer.”​

Anybody with information or CCTV footage can call 101, quoting log number 1573 of June 28.

Independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.