TWO people had a lucky escape after a house was deliberately set on fire in the middle of the night.

Cops are investigating the blaze which was started at around 3.30am on Saturday at a house in Helensburgh's Williamson Drive.

Cops rushed to the scene following reports that the front door was on fire.

No one was injured and the minor fire left smoke damage to the door of the property.

Detectives are treating the incident as wilful fireraising and officers continue to carry our door-to-door enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan MacKinnon said: “We are in the process of reviewing any potential CCTV footage that could assist the investigation but I am appealing to anyone who may have any information about the incident to come forward.

"If you were in the area of Williamson Drive in Helensburgh in the early hours of the morning or if you live there and saw or heard anything unusual or suspicious, please get in contact with information.

"Luckily no one was injured and emergency services were able to extinguish the fire quickly but there was the potential for extensive damage.

"I am appealing for anyone with any information, no matter how small it may seem, to get in touch with us and pass it on.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact CID officers at Helensburgh Police Office via 101 quoting incident number 0819 of the 15th July.

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where you can pass your information on anonymously.