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JAILED: Dartford arsonist set fire to house with two children sleeping inside

PUBLISHED: 11:35 16 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:36 16 June 2016

Christopher Harrison

Christopher Harrison

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He was jailed on Wednesday

An arsonist who set a house on fire with two children inside has been jailed for more than seven years.

Christopher Harrison of Langlands Drive poured petrol through his former partner’s front door and set it alight in September last year.

His partner and two young children were all asleep inside.

Fortunately the woman was awoken by a smoke alarm and discovered the fire on the inside of the front door.

Outside, obscenities had been written on a window, items of clothing had been burnt on the floor and the woman’s garden gate had been damaged.

Neighbours spent nearly 10 minutes helping to put out the fire.

When Harrison was arrested, officers found a petrol receipt, and CCTV showed him buying a container and filling it up near to his partner’s home.

Harrison pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life and was sentenced on Wednesday, June 15.

He was also sentenced to eight month for breaching a non-molestation order and will serve this concurrently.

A lifetime restraining order was also imposed to keep him away from his victims.

Det con Jason Lynch was an investigating officer on the case.

He said: “Harrison spared no thought for the lives of the woman and young children who were inside the house when he set alight to it and at no point has he given any motive for his actions.

“An investigation by fire experts said that was it not for the installation of a working alarm it was likely that those inside would have been seriously injured or even killed. He is clearly a very dangerous individual.”

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