POLICE are investigating a suspected arson attack on a house in Dewsbury.
Firefighters battled a blaze at the property on Staincliffe Road at 4am yesterday.
Luckily there was no one in the house as the family were away for the evening. But arson is suspected as two separate fires were lit in the three-bedroom house.
Yesterday the area around the house was sealed off as fire investigators and scenes of crime officers worked to establish the cause of the fire.
Two fire crews from Dewsbury and one from Batley fought for an hour to bring the flames under control.
They arrived to find two separate fires to the ground floor and second floor of the house.
All three bedrooms were badly damaged by fire and smoke, but firefighters managed to contain the damage downstairs to two rooms.
The crews wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reels to extinguish the fire.
A spokesman from Dewsbury fire station said: “The fire is suspicious and the house has been sealed off for investigation officers. We cannot determine the cause at the moment.
“The house was smoke-logged and the areas that had been ignited suffered severe damage. We at first believed that there were people in the house but there was no-one inside which was fortunate.”