THREE people had to make a rescue dash from their mobile home last night (Saturday) after it was torched in a mkystery arson attack.

Three people were just about to go to bed when flames were detected licking up the walls of their home in Heywood Gardens, Maidenhead around 11.30pm.

The roof was 'well alight' said firefighters after three crews from Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough rushed to the scene.

Firefighters were forced to use breathing gear and two hoses to tackle the blaze which has almost entirely destroyed their home.

The couple were alerted to the fire by smoke detectors in their home which allowed them to get out as quickly as possible.

The crews were there for four hours in a bid to douse the blaze.

The fire started from flammable liquid left outside the property.

Thames Valley Police confirmed this morning that the cause of the blaze is now being investigated as arson.

A spokesman said: "The fire is being investigated as arson – the force was called to the scene at 11.52pm.

"There were three occupants inside the caravan at the time of the fire, but thankfully no one was injured.

"We have several lines of enquiry at this time but anyone with any information about this serious offence is urged to call 101 and quote reference 1681 (16/6), especially if you saw or heard anything suspicious in the vicinity of Heywood Gardens last night."

Firefighters outlined two warnings for householders – 'always install smoke detectors and don't leave flammable liquids in potentially hazardous places'.