The victim of an arson attack on a Houghton Regis home was lucky to escape unharmed, say police.
Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the fire at a flat in Clarence Place, Richmond Drive, late on the afternoon of Sunday, August 24.
The incident happened at around 4.45pm when the arsonist lit a fire on the balcony of the ground floor flat.
The occupant, who was sleeping in the living room at the time, was woken by the blaze and called the fire service.
She managed to put out the flames herself before firefighters arrived.
PC Lee-Anne Pogson, who is investigating the attack, is keen to hear from anyone who was in Richmond Drive at the time of the fire and may have seen anything suspicious.
She said: “Thankfully no -one has been harmed as a result of this attack, but things could have been very different if the occupant had not been woken.
“We need to catch the person or persons who committed this offence as soon as possible and stop any further serious incidents from occurring.
“I would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the offence, or from anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us.
“Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant. Even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”
If you have information relating to the blaze, contact PC Pogson, in confidence, on the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.