Deliberate fire at house in Wishaw was 'targeted attack'
Police have said that a fire at a house in Wishaw at the weekend was deliberate and believed to be a "targeted attack".
No-one was injured in the house fire, which began in the North Lanarkshire town's Wishaw Road, near Burnhall Street, at about 18:35 on Sunday.
Police said they wanted to trace two men who were seen running from the area at the time the fire was set.
They are also investigating whether a car, found burned out on the A71 Lanark Road, is linked to the inquiry.
Det Insp Kenny Dalrymple said: "Although we believe this to be a targeted attack, this doesn't make it any less serious.
"Thankfully no one was injured, however the consequences could have been much worse.
"These locations would have been busy on Saturday evening, and I would urge anyone with information to come forward."
The detective said he wanted to "trace two men who were seen running from the area in Wishaw Road and entering a silver-coloured car around the time the fire was set".
"A short time later a Volkswagen Passat was found burnt out on the A71, Lanark Road near to the Larkhall junction of the M74," he said.
"Inquiries are ongoing to establish if this vehicle is linked to the fire.
Det Dalrymple added: "Officers are currently studying CCTV images in an effort to gather more information on this crime, the vehicle involved and the car that was found burnt out.
"Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem should contact detectives.
"I would also ask any drivers who were on Wishaw Road or Lanark Road between 1800 and 1900hrs on Saturday evening, who have dashcam footage, to contact officers, as they may have information that will assist our investigation."