Aylesbury home set alight deliberately in early hours of the morning with family still inside

An arson attack has been reported in Aylesbury today.

Monday, 2nd August 2021, 5:16 pm

A home was set alight in Aylesbury today (August 2) while the family were still inside the property.

Thames Valley Police have reported the incident as arson with intent to endanger life.

In total six occupants were inside the property when it caught fire, two adults and four children.

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Bucks Fire and Rescue service attended the scene on August 2

A man and woman aged in their 30s, three boys and a girl, all suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital for treatment. They have since all been discharged.

The incident took place on York Place at around 1am this morning. Two fire engines and crews from the Bucks Fire and Rescue Service were sent to the scene.

The fire had already been put out, by the time the fire service arrived on the scene. Firefighters did use two sets of breathing apparatus to help the family.

The two crews of firefighters also provided the six victims with emergency care packs due to the amount of smoke the family had inhaled.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Samuel Summers of Aylesbury CID, said: “This is a concerning incident that occurred in the early hours of this morning.

“All of the victims suffered from smoke inhalation which required hospital treatment, but this incident could have been even more serious had they not managed to escape from the property.

“At this stage, we have not got any identified suspects, but we are naturally determined to ascertain who was responsible for this attack.

“Understandably, this incident will have caused some considerable concern in the local community, but I would like to reassure the public that we are conducting a thorough investigation.

“I would appeal to anybody who may have witnessed this incident to please get in touch with Thames Valley Police, either by reporting online or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43210343625.

“You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“I would be particularly keen to hear from anybody who may have CCTV, dash-cam or doorbell footage from the area to please check this to see if it has captured anything that could assist this investigation.

“The incident occurred in the early hours, and so if your footage has captured anybody acting suspiciously in the area, please get in touch.”