Detectives in Dacorum are widening their appeal for information as part of ongoing enquiries into an arson in Northchurch.
At around 7.40pm on Monday, December 20, the occupant of a property in High Street returned home to discover a fire in her living room. The fire service attended to deal with the blaze and make the area safe.
Damage was caused, but no one was injured.
It was established there were signs of a break-in at the property, although nothing appeared to have been taken.
Detective Constable Karen Jordan, from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, said: “The occupant had left her home at around 2pm that afternoon, to exchange Christmas presents with family. Due to the signs of a break-in, we believe the fire may have been started deliberately. This reckless behaviour could have cost someone their life.
“We’ve conducted extensive enquiries since the incident occurred, including speaking to people in the area and seeking any CCTV or forensic opportunities.
“We’re now asking the wider public if they can help. Were you in the area at the time and did you notice anything suspicious? If you have any information at all, please contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/100005/21.
Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.