A fire investigation has revealed that a house fire in Leek overnight was started deliberately.
At the height of the incident 25 firefighters from Leek, Ipstones and Longnor tackled the blaze on Junction Road, Leek.
When crews arrived at the incident at approximately 12.30am they were met with a well-developed fire on the first floor of the large detached property. Due to the severity of the fire crews initially had to tackle the fire from the outside.
Station Manager, Carl Mason said: "The house was empty and up for sale and so luckily no-one was inside the building when crews arrived.
"A police and fire investigation has established that the fire was started deliberately. This was a dangerous act carried out by whoever was responsible and the severity of the fire meant the lives of our firefighters were put also at risk. When firefighters were able to go into the building they had to contend with loose stairs and flooring as well as the fire itself.
"The first floor has been destroyed by fire, heat and smoke and there is smoke logging throughout the ground floor of the property."
Firefighters left the incident at 3.45am this morning and carried out a re-inspection at 9am.
Staffordshire Police would urge anyone with any information about the incident or anyone who noticed suspicious activity at the location to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 24 of 30 August or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.