Bolton man 'very lucky' to escape arson attack on home

A "very lucky" man escaped without injury after petrol was poured through the door of a Greater Manchester house and set alight, police said.

The attack on the property in Centenary Court, Bolton, happened around 23:20 GMT on Tuesday.

Police said the 43-year-old in the house was upstairs when he heard a noise at the door and saw two men pouring petrol through the letterbox.

Det Con Adam Gleave said it was a "very serious incident".

The two men fled taking the petrol can with them.

One man was described as white with shaved hair, of a stocky build with a round face and having a tattoo on his neck.

The second offender was said to be white with a small nose and pointed chin and wearing a grey hooded top.

Mr Gleave said there was no way the men could control the fire and therefore "there is no way the offenders could have known what was going to happen".

"This makes this a very serious incident and we are making a number of inquiries to establish the background to this attack and why this man was targeted," he said.

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