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Family escape house fire believed to be arson

A family have escaped from a fire at their home which it's believed was started deliberately.

The blaze broke out at a property in Bassett Way in Kidlington at about 1.50am on Friday.

An offender/s is believed to have caused a fire to start at the front door of the property, which then spread.

The victims, a 50 year-old man, a 36-year-old woman and a five-year-old boy were able to escape the property via windows.

The man and the boy were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by paramedics.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. She has since been discharged.

“We believe that arson was the cause of this incident, which could have led to the death of three people, one of whom was a five-year-old child.

“Fortunately, they all managed to escape from the property, but the outcome could have been very different.

“We are conducting a full investigation into this incident, and I am therefore appealing for anyone who has any information which could relate to it to contact us by calling the non-emergency number 101.”

– Investigating officer Det Con Ruth Ivins of Bicester Force CID