Pair rescued from Runcorn house after arson attack

A man and a woman were rescued from a fire at a house in Cheshire following a suspected arson attack, a fire service spokesman said.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on The Uplands, Runcorn, at about 03:00 GMT.

Fire crews said the fire had started in a car on the driveway and spread to the house.

The two occupants of the house were not injured, police said. Police and fire officials are investigating.

A police spokesman said the fire could be linked to the discovery of a bottle with paper protruding from the neck, containing highly flammable liquid, in an alleyway near Mevagissy Road, Brookvale, Runcorn, by a PCSO the previous day.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said patrols have been increased in the area.

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