Witness appeal after serious house fire in Wroughton

Alert message sent 02/04/2019 10:33:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We're appealing for witnesses after a serious house fire in Wroughton last week.

Emergency crews were called to a property in The Pitchens on two occasions on Thursday (29/03/19) and Friday (30/03/19) last week.

On the first occasion we were called shortly before 8pm to a fire on the thatched roof of the property, but fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames.

However, a fire broke out at around the same time the following evening and this time the building suffered significant damage.

Det Sgt Justin Downes, from Swindon CID, said: "Luckily nobody was injured in the fire, but this was a devastating blaze which has resulted in the occupants losing all their possessions and they have had to move out of the house.

"We have been working with Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service and we believe the fire was started deliberately and are treating it as arson.

"We want to hear from anyone who may have information about the fire. Were you in the area on either of the evenings and perhaps saw something suspicious, or someone running away from the scene?

"There is a public footpath which runs alongside the property and is well-used by locals so we hope someone has seen something which could assist with our investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Downes at Gablecross Police Station on 101, quoting crime reference 54190031642. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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