Arsonists strike as four children sleep

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A FAMILY escaped from their home after arsonists posted a lit piece of paper through their letterbox and torched it.

Four children were asleep upstairs when the fire broke out in Agbrigg shortly after 11pm on Wednesday.

It was quickly put out by the occupier, but police are now on the hunt for those responsible.

A police spokesman said: “We are appealing for information after a fire at a house on Station Street, Agbrigg, on Wednesday night.

“Officers were called at 11.07pm after a lit piece of paper was put through the letterbox of the property.

“Thankfully the fire was quickly put out but there were five people in the house at the time including four children who were upstairs and asleep.

“Investigations are currently continuing into the incident and any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Wakefield CID.”

One fire crew from Wakefield attended, but the fire had been put out before they arrived.

There was some damage to the hallway.

Officers fitted smoke detectors and no-one was injured during the incident.

The family said they did not wish to comment on the fire, but said they hoped the culprits were found as soon as possible.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information should contact police on 101.