Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a suspected arson attack in Hemel Hempstead.
Officers were called to Octagon House in Nash Green, shortly after 4.10am today (Saturday, April 24).
It was reported that the fire service was dealing with a fire inside a flat and that five vehicles had also been damaged.
Investigations are continuing at this time, but it is currently believed that the fire may have been started deliberately.
Detective Inspector Adele Hopkin said: “Thankfully no one was hurt during the incident, but it could easily have been a very different story. However, significant damage has been caused and has left the occupants of two further properties displaced from their homes while the structure of the building is assessed.
“We continue to work alongside the fire service to establish the circumstances around how the fire started, but we are currently treating it as an isolated incident.
“As part of our enquiries, we are appealing for anyone with information to please come forward. Did you witness anyone acting suspiciously in the area during the early hours? Did you see any vehicles leaving the area around the time of the fire? Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could assist us.”
You can 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 41/29688/21.
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.