Police believe arsonists set fire to a home in Basildon in the early hours of this morning.

The attack took place at around 2am in Rochester Way, Basildon.

Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in a first floor maisonette.

A spokesman for the Essex Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Two crews from Basildon and one from Rayleigh Weir were called to Rochester Way at 1.57am this morning.

"On arrival firefighters reported that a front door had been set alight and the fire was out on arrival.

"Firefighters remained at the scene to ensure it was safe and assist police in an investigation."

No-one was injured but damage was caused to the property.

If you saw or heard anything, have CCTV or dash cam footage, or have any other information please call us on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/93708/18.

Alternatively you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.