Two people have been arrested after somebody's home was deliberately set alight.

Police have arrested the two on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following the incident which happened on Hathaway Road in Grays.

Officers received a call at 2.15am this morning about a car and property’s front door alight off Hathaway Road.

The occupants of the property escaped unhurt but suffering from smoke inhalation.

Police attended the scene along with the ambulance and fire service and established that the fire was started deliberately.

Officers quickly identified a vehicle seen leaving the area and later arrested a man and woman. They remain in custody for questioning.