Police are appealing for witnesses after offenders set fire to a house in Wigan.
Shortly before 11pm on Monday September 10 officers were called to a property on Chestnut Road, Whelley.
Two men wearing balaclavas and dark clothing were seen to approach the property before throwing an object through the living room window to start the blaze.
The home’s occupants were at a neighbour’s property when the fire occurred.
They were treated for smoke inhalation after returning to the address in an attempt to extinguish the fire.
A scene is in place at the property and a joint investigation is underway alongside Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
Detective Sergeant Chris Broad from GMP’s Wigan Division said: “We would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time, saw the offenders before or after the incident, or has any information, to contact police immediately.
“Thankfully, this fire has not resulted in any serious injuries, but it could have been a lot worse had the property been occupied at the time.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7182 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.