Reward is offered to catch arsonists who set fire to Ilkeston house

Darren Castle pictured outside his burnt out house
Darren Castle pictured outside his burnt out house

Arsonists set fire to a house that had been bought by a couple just three weeks earlier.

Darren Castle and Gaynor Morris bought the house on Burr Lane as an investment but arsonists set fire to furniture in the front garden in the early hours of February 17.

The blaze spread to the front window, causing extensive damage. Luckily nobody was in the house but young children were sleeping in the house next door.

Gaynor said: “We only bought the house three weeks ago. We had paid someone to go in and take all the furniture out, so all the furniture was outside. There is a family living next door with two children, someone had to knock on their door to wake them up - if it wasn’t for them it possibly could have been much worse.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack which took place between 4.30am and 5.30am

A fire investigation was due to be carried out and officers are checking nearby CCTV footage.

The family are offering a reward of £1,000 for information which leads to the conviction of those responsible.

Darren said there was smoke damage all the way through the house and it had taken all the plaster off the walls.

He said: “I got a phone call at about 10am telling me there had been a fire. There was nobody in the house but we left a light on to make it seem as if there was someone in.”

They have now been left clearing up the mess.

Detectives from Derbsyhire Police are seeking witnesses to the arson.

Anyone who was in the area at the time, or the car park at the Albion Centre, should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.