PHOTOS show the aftermath of a fire which ripped through a 'vacant' home in Kidderminster. 

Emergency services confirmed that the blaze, which happened last month, is being treated as arson, with West Mercia Police launching an investigation. 

Peter Cooper, who lives next door, described the "terrifying" incident, which happened on Coronation Way on January 21. 

The property was believed to be vacant and neighbouring residents were evacuated from their homes. 

Kidderminster Shuttle: Neighbouring properties were evacuated after the fire broke outNeighbouring properties were evacuated after the fire broke out (Image: Peter Cooper)

A fire brigade spokesperson said: "Three Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews – two from Wyre Forest and one from Bromsgrove Fire Stations – were called at 22:28 on 21 January to a house fire with persons reported in Coronation Way, Kidderminster.

"The fire was on the first floor of a semi-detached property and adjacent property roof space.

"The property was believed to be vacant with residents evacuated from neighbouring properties.

"The fire was fought by two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus with two hosereel jets and a covering jet in use".

"A fire investigation took place with the fire believed to have been deliberately started".