As stated by Detective Chris Lucy:
Police are appealing for witnesses to a suspicious house fire in Edendale, Southland.
Emergency services were called to the fire at a property on Seaward Road shortly after 1am on Saturday, 29 June.
Upon arrival the house was well ablaze.
Luckily the occupant of the house and his two-year-old son, who were home at the time, were able to escape uninjured.
The house has extensive damage and Police are treating the fire as arson.