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Garage arson' attack

PUBLISHED: 18:12 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:37 12 August 2010

A RESIDENT escaped from his flat after he saw a huge fireball from the garage beneath, caused by a suspected arson attack. Police believe the suspected arsonist poured petrol from a canister onto the garage in Mitchell Road, Orpington, last Tuesday at 9.

A RESIDENT escaped from his flat after he saw a huge fireball from the garage beneath, caused by a suspected arson attack.

Police believe the suspected arsonist poured petrol from a canister onto the garage in Mitchell Road, Orpington, last Tuesday at 9.40pm and ignited it. The owner of the garage fled from his flat directly above and managed to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

The suspect is believed to have superficial burns to his face and hands from the blowback which engulfed his face when the petrol was lit.

He ran off in the direction of Stapleton Road still holding the petrol can.

He is described as a slim white male, wearing a light coloured hooded top, blue jeans and white trainers.

An 'Air Max' hooded top, believed to have been worn by him, was found nearby, under some bushes in Buckland Road.

Anyone with information should call Detective Constable Terry Limby at Bromley Police on 020 8284 8859 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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