Arson attack in the Jennyfields area of Harrogate while homeowner was asleep

Police are investigating an arson attack in the Jennyfields area of Harrogate, where accelerant was applied to a garden hedge while the home owner was asleep.
Police are investigating an arson attack in the Jennyfields area of Harrogate, where accelerant was applied to a garden hedge while the home owner was asleep.

Police are investigating an arson attack in the Jennyfields area of Harrogate, where accelerant was applied to a hedge while the homeowner was asleep.

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The incident happened after 1am on Sunday, in the area of the Co-Op store on Grantley Drive, and if a quick-thinking passer-by hadn't banged on the door and raised the alarm, the outcome could have been very different.

The homeowner said: "A few minutes more, and it would have reached a motor vehicle and ignited that, and so on. The passer-by's actions were nothing short of heroic in raising the alarm and summoning the fire brigade.

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"The attack was cowardly, as people are usually asleep on Saturday night and Sunday morning at 1am."

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A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "The fire service attended and extinguished the fire. The fire appears to have been started deliberately, and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances around this incident."