A FIRE at a Runcorn house was started deliberately, forensic investigators have confirmed.

The blaze broke out at a property in Spark Lane, Halton Village, on Saturday, July 7, between 3am and 4am.

The tenant was out at the time.

The police are now appealing for witnesses or anyone who knows anything about the arson attack to come forward.

Investigations indicate that someone broke in and torched the house.

Anyone with information can call Cheshire Police on 101.