Around 30 firefighters tackled a house fire near Romsey in the early hours of Sunday morning. It happened at Danes Road in Shootash around five thirty. It took two hours to bring the flames under control.
A Bracknell man has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to arson recklessly endangering life.
Roderick Lewis, 58, from Mainprize Road, Bullbrook, pleaded guilty to the offence, which happened at his home earlier in the year.
On February 22 he poured petrol around the loft of the house, owned by a housing association, before lighting it. He then turned on the gas appliances and left the property.
Police and Berkshire firefighters discovered the roof of the property ablaze. The fire was, however, extinguished before it could spread any further.
DC Iain Watkinson said: “Lewis deliberately set this fire to his own house before leaving the property and walking off. His neighbours could have been seriously injured if the fire had spread.
“I am pleased with the sentence, which reflects the serious consequences Lewis’s crime could have had if not for the swift response.”
Thirty firefighters have been trying to get a fire under control at a house in Sussex. The blaze started in the roof of the building on Station Road in Billinghurst early this morning. Residents were escorted to safety - there are no reports of any injuries.
Thirty firefighters were called out to a house fire in Billinghurst this morning. The blaze started in the roof of the building in Station Road at about 4.30am. Residents were safely escorted out of the building, with no reports of injuries.