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Bushey flat fire in Forest Walk was not intended target, say police
A grandmother's flat in Bushey was not the intended target of a suspected arson attack, police believe.
The woman in her 80s had to be admitted to Watford General Hospital after the maisonette in Forest Walk was set alight at around midnight on Friday morning.
A 31-year-old man from Bushey has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is on police bail with strict conditions not to enter the area near where the fire was started.
Police are appealing for witnesses and believe the wrong address was targeted.
Detective Constable Martin Macnish said: "This was a terrifying and distressing incident for an elderly woman who woke up to find flames in her home. She was rescued by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue and was taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
"Although we have arrested a man on suspicion of arson, we are appealing for anyone to come forward who saw anything suspicious around the time of the fire or knows who may be responsible.
"The woman is a mother and a grandmother and we will do everything we can to find the person(s) responsible for this deliberate fire, which may have had far more serious consequences.
"We believe the offender(s) were trying to target a specific person but got the wrong address. I’d like to reassure residents and the wider community that we are conducting a thorough investigation alongside specialist fire investigators. If you prefer, you can contact us in confidence or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference J2/13/927.