CHESHIRE Police are investigating after a woman survived an alleged arson attack in Ellesmere Port on Sunday.
Officers were called to a house on Carlton Crescent at 7am after a ground-floor window was smashed.
An accelerant was poured into the ground-floor room and set alight.
The female resident was asleep at the time of the incident but was woken by the smoke alarm fitted in the house.
The woman was able to put out the fire herself before police and a Fire Investigation Officer from Cheshire Fire and Rescue attended.
Nobody was hurt during the incident and a joint-investigation between the police and fire service is under way.
Police spokeswoman Shelley Williams said: “Thankfully the presence of a smoke alarm meant that the occupant of the premises was alerted to the fire, and acted swiftly in extinguishing the flames herself.
“As a precaution, and due to the fact that this was clearly a pre-planned arson attack, fire investigation attended the scene to assist detectives with the subsequent investigation.”