A FIRE at a Chelmsley Wood house, from which three people escaped after they were awoken by a smoke alarm, is being treated as arson with intent to endanger life.
Two women and a man in the two storey end-terrace in Partridge Close, near to the M6, were led to safety - two down the stairs and one through a window onto a roof - and taken to hospital by paramedics as a precaution after inhaling smoke.
Emergency services were called to the blaze at about half past midnight last Friday (June 26). Three people were reported trapped.
Police said the trio – a 38-year-old man and two women, aged 52 and 67 - were treated at the scene by ambulance service personnel and taken to hospital.
The house was heavily smoke-logged. Fire damage was confined mainly to the ground floor.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Officers conducted house-to-house enquiries. The incident is being treated as arson with intent to danger life.”
Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Chelmsley Wood police on 0845 113 5000 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously and callers could earn a cash reward.