A family-of-five today told how they were forced to escape their smoke-filled home after it was targeted by arsonists.
Mum-of-three Aneata Hames was woken at 2.30am as smoke from the family’s torched BMW filled their Fleetwood home.
Miss Hames, 27, woke her three children, Grant, 14, Natasha, 10, and four-year-old Ruby, and partner Adrian Bruneel, 36.
They fled their Hamlet Road home as the fire raged just yards away in the garage, where the silver BMW was parked.
Detectives today said the blaze was being treated as “suspicious” and they are looking at CCTV footage in the area.
Miss Hames said she believed the car, which was her partner’s “pride and joy”, was deliberately targeted.
She said: “As I came down to switch off the smoke alarm I could smell something and when I looked outside I saw the whole front garden full of smoke.
“The garage was on fire and we just thought ‘we have to get the kids out’.
“The smoke was unreal – I have never seen so much. We all choked on it. There was smoke coming through into the house from the kitchen door. We just got the kids straight away. My first thought was to get them up.
“We went outside in the cold in our pyjamas. Whoever has done this has taken no consideration for the children at all – they just don’t care.
“We’ve got three kids in the house and a dog that is ready to have puppies any time now.”
Firefighters spent 45 minutes tackling the blaze.
They prevented the flames getting into the house but the garage, which is attached to the side of the property, was left badly damaged.
The scorched remains of the car were visible yesterday on the driveway.
Miss Hames and her partner have security cameras on their property – as do several neighbours – and The Gazette has seen CCTV footage that appears to show a hooded male use a wooden beam to knock one of the cameras out of place just minutes before the fire started.
Det Con Steve Montgomery, of Fleetwood CID, said: “We are still trying to establish a cause for the fire. This is a potentially suspicious fire and I still need to wait for the full fire report.
“There have been problems with BMWs in the past but obviously the CCTV would lead you to think there is something more to it.
“We have made inquiries with local shops about CCTV footage.
“But it is too early to tell whether this was a targeted attack until we know the full cause of the fire.”