Glasgow & West Scotland

Irvine house fire 'was attempted murder'

Police are treating a fire that has left a woman in hospital as attempted murder.

Emergency services were called to the blaze in Seaton Terrace in Irvine, North Ayrshire, at about 02:00.

A 49-year-old woman who was in the house was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics.

She was taken to Crosshouse Hospital, where she was said to be in a stable condition.

Following initial inquiries, police are treating the incident as wilful fire raising and attempted murder.

Officers said they wanted to want to speak to a man who was seen in the area around the time of the fire.

Det Sgt Ian Ross said: "We are carrying out extensive inquiries including door-to-door inquiries to trace the person responsible and discover the motive for the fire.

"I would like to appeal to a man who was described as wearing dark clothing who was seen in the area around the time of the fire to get in touch as he may have information which can help our inquiry.

"I would also appeal to anyone who was in the area last night and saw anything suspicious or anyone hanging around to contact me."