A family is devastated after an arson attack gutted their home, destroying their possessions and leaving them with nowhere to live.
The house on Netherside, Bradwell, was broken into shortly after 8.30am on Thursday (August 22) by burglars before being set alight.
The family dog, which had been left in the lounge, had to be rescued by firefighters, who were called to the scene at 10am.
The owners, who did not wish to be named, said they were devastated by what had happened.
One of the homeowners said: “How can someone do this to a family home? We have lost everything.
“People do get burgled, but to have the house set on fire as well is another thing. They left our dog to burn. I can’t believe they could be so cruel.”
The family has lived in the house for 27 years and only recently completed thousands of pounds worth of refurbishments to it. They are now in talks with insurers to renovate the gutted property, the first floor of which has been completely destroyed, while the ground floor has suffered mostly water damage.
The other homeowner added: “Everything we have worked for is gone and for what? Why should we work hard to have somebody do this? Now it’s happened in this small community, where does it finish? The next person could be killed.”
The thieves stole jewellery, including a Pandora bracelet, and cash before two fires were started – one in the pantry, the other in an upstairs bedroom.
A neighbour was asleep in an adjoining house at the time of the incident, however luckily no-one was injured.
Family members have given their thanks to both the emergency services and the community, which has rallied around them, providing food and clothes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Matlock CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.