Police at Paisley are continuing enquiries after a fire was deliberately started at a flat in Renfrew in the early hours Wednesday 31st December...

Police at Paisley are continuing enquiries after a fire was deliberately started at a flat in Renfrew in the early hours Wednesday 31st December 2014.

Emergency services attended a fire at a top floor flat in Simons Crescent, Renfrew around 4am.

The fire service extinguished the fire and a 41-year-old woman and her two-year-old daughter were taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley where they were being treated for smoke inhalation.

Detective Inspector David Wagstaff at Paisley CID said: “We are treating this incident as attempted murder as it is believed that the fire was started deliberately outside the door of the flat.

“This was a despicable act which illustrates the culprit or culprits total disregard for this family’s safety. It could have left a mother and her young daughter with more serious injuries or indeed worse if it were not for the woman being awakened by her smoke alarm.

“We believe that this family was targeted deliberately and we are currently making enquiries as to the circumstances behind it.

“I’d like to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone hanging around Simons Crescent or the neighbouring streets around 0400 hrs this morning. If anyone has any information about this incident I would urge them to contact police as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Paisley CID on telephone number 101 or alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.