Arsonist sets himself alight and leaves trail of flames as he runs away after trying to torch a home

Arsonist sets himself alight and leaves a trail of flames as he runs away after trying to torch a home with a child inside – in footage released by police trying to track down the attacker

  • CCTV footage capture the moment an arsonist tried to set a home on fire
  • The video shows a man pouring petrol in letterbox and lighting it before running
  • Gloucester police say no one was hurt but a young family were in the house

Dramatic footage shows an arsonist trying to torch a home of a young family and then leaving a trail of flames down the street having set himself alight.

Police shared the shocking footage online following the attack at 11:11pm on Sunday night in Gloucester along Bristol Road.

The video shows the attacker pouring petrol through a letterbox and then setting it on fire before fleeing the scene.

But as the man runs away the flames appear catch him and he starts shaking his hand and the container of fuel about as he disappears out of frame.

A young family and a child were inside the targeted house, but thankfully nobody was injured and the fire was quickly extinguished by the home owners.

CCTV footage caught the moment an arsonist tried to set a house on fire and left a trail of flames in Gloucester

CCTV footage caught the moment an arsonist tried to set a house on fire and left a trail of flames in Gloucester

The man, who police are currently looking for, was seen running of down Bristol Road on Sunday night, himself on fire

The man, who police are currently looking for, was seen running of down Bristol Road on Sunday night, himself on fire

A trail of fire was left behind on the road, fortunately no one was injured in the incident

A trail of fire was left behind on the road, fortunately no one was injured in the incident

Police are treating the incident as arson with intent to endanger life, and are still trying to identify the man in the video.

‘Petrol was put through the letterbox of the home of a young family with a child inside and set alight’, said a police spokesperson.

‘The footage then shows the suspect running away along Alma Terrace.

‘No one was injured and the fire was quickly extinguished by the home owner.

‘The incident is being treated as arson with intent to endanger life and officers investigating the incident have released the footage in the hope that someone may recognise the person responsible.

‘If you believe you know the person in the footage, or have any information which may help police enquiries, officers are asking you to come forward.’

If you have any information about the incident or recognise the man in the video, you can you can call 101.

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