Police hunt ‘arsonists’ who set fire to Kentish Town house

PUBLISHED: 15:38 17 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 17 April 2017

Fire crews dealt with a blaze which damaged a three-storey house  (@Londonfire)

Fire crews dealt with a blaze which damaged a three-storey house (@Londonfire)


Detectives are appealing for witnesses after two men were seen running from the scene of a large house fire in Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town.

As reported in the Ham&High, police were called to the blaze at a three-story terraced house in Prince of Wales Road on March 27 around 7;30pm. Onlookers took photos and filmed the fire.

Officers attended the scene along with the London Fire Brigade and there were no reported injuries, however neighbouring homes had to be evacuated.

Investigations have confirmed that an accelerant was used and the incident is being treated as arson.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Enquiries have established that two males were seen outside the building shortly before the fire started, with one of them seen to throw something towards it. They then made off towards Haverstock Hill.

The two men are described as being in their late teens, both around 5ft 4ins in height and of slim build.

Both were wearing dark tops and trousers or jogging bottoms. One of the males had white stripes down the leg of his trousers or bottoms. He also had red coloured trainers and was wearing a light blue Nike rucksack, said police.

Det Con Dean Puzey, Central North CID, said: “Due to the prompt response of police and London Fire Brigade surrounding houses were evacuated. Luckily no one was injured and the fire was brought under control quickly.

“We are keen to hear from anyone with information on this incident and in particular those who witnessed the two males near the address around the time the fire started.

“If anyone took images or captured footage of these males then we ask you make contact us with us as soon as possible.”

If you have any information about the fire or saw the males near Haverstock Hill, then please call Central North CID police on 020 8345 0195 or via 101, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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