THE police are investigating a second suspicious fire in West Drayton which took place days after a house was ripped apart by a blaze.

Number 460 Bath Road, in Longford, West Drayton, was completely gutted by a fire which took place in the early hours of Friday morning.

Days later, a neighbour who saw fire fighters tackling the blaze, had a burning newspaper shoved through his letterbox.

Derek Potter, who lives five doors up from the first fire on Bath Road, said: "On Sunday morning at 8am I was making myself a cup of tea, when a burning newspaper was shoved through my letterbox.

"I phoned the Fire Brigade straight away, although luckily I was able to put the fire out myself but there was smoke everywhere, there was only minor damage.

"I don't know if the police have a suspect or not, what happened is terrible."

Police confirmed they were treating both fires as suspicious.

 DC Lee Somerville of Hillingdon Police said: "At present we are treating these fires as suspicious and enquiries are ongoing.

"We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time the fires occurred or who may have witnessed what happened."

Anybody with information that would assist the police with enquiries should ring Uxbridge CID on 020 8246 1447 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.