Fire crews were called to a house in Ripon just before midnight on Friday (February 22) after reports that lit paper had been put through a letterbox. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service found there had been a small fire in the corridor of the property on Willow Walk. Smoke alarms alerted the occupants of the house to the fire. The door and doormat were damaged.

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