New England arson terror: couples flee as fire rages out of control

The remains of a shed that was set alight in St Pauls Road, Peterborough on Sunday. Picture: David Lowndes/Peterborough ET
The remains of a shed that was set alight in St Pauls Road, Peterborough on Sunday. Picture: David Lowndes/Peterborough ET
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TWO couples were forced to flee their home after their garden shed was set on fire in an arson attack.

The shed blaze in St Paul’s Road, New England, had begun to spread to a house when firefighters from Dogsthorpe and Stanground arrived at the scene at 11.05pm on Sunday, with flames leaping as high as the roof.

Mieczylaw Durma (36) and his nine-week pregnant girlfriend Christina Puzule (19) and Christina’s sister Agita (22) and her boyfriend Janis Sipols (26) live in the house.

The only one awake at the time the fire started was Agita.

She said she saw someone pass by the window and head towards the shed but she was too frightened to challenge them.

Then about five minutes later, she saw them leave and shortly afterwards saw the bright light of the fire.

Agita said: “I went to the window and looked out and it was very bright, like in the day. I was scared.”

She woke her housemates and the four rushed to flee, braving the heat from the fire – which was just metres from the front door of the house – to find safety.

Christina said: “It was very hot. I was scared to go out because of the fire.”

Mieczylaw said they were lucky that Agita had been awake at the time of the arson to raise the alarm.

He said: “If the fire service had come five minutes later it would have been a big problem. The roof could have been of fire.

“It is lucky for us it happened at around 11pm and not at 2am when everyone would be asleep.”

The couples believe someone may have been sleeping rough in their garden and could have accidentally started the blaze.

However, this arson comes a fortnight after arsonists targeted a shed in Deaconscroft, Westwood, Peterborough, which saw a family forced to flee their home and around 30 neighbours band together to try to douse the flames with hoses and buckets before fire crews arrived.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the arson to contact them on 0345 456 4564, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.