A SINGLE mother is living in fear that her home will be the next target for serial arsonists on the Old Dean estate in Camberley.

Michelle Davies, 28, spoke out after two prams and a vacuum cleaner were set alight in the stairwell of the neighbouring block of flats in Bracknell Road.

Residents had to be evacuated on February 25 when police and the fire service were called to the flats at about 6pm by a woman who saw smoke billowing from the stairwell.

By the time Miss Davies arrived home at 7.30pm the fire was out, but she fears the arsonists may strike her block of flats next.

"In the last year two out of the three blocks of flats have been torched and ours is the only one left," she said.

"There are groups of teenagers always hanging about the stairwells at night, and they refuse to leave when we tell them.

"Someone has already tried to burn down our sheds. The residents fear for their lives. Luckily no-one has been seriously hurt yet, but it's only a matter of time.

A police spokesman said: "There was extensive smoke damage to the stairwell. We've been told that there are single mums with young children living in these flats.

"This is the fourth deliberate fire that has occurred in these particular flats in Bracknell Road. This is a very serious matter."

A resident who did not want to be named said it was a terrifying experience.

"Luckily I didn't have to be evacuated, but it must have been awful for the people living on the top floor who were trapped.

"Last year the other stairwell was set on fire and although the stairs are concrete the lights were all smashed, which made going up the stairs dangerous after dark."

In August there was a spate of bins and sheds being set alight with lighter fuel. In the space of a month there were four attacks causing damage and distress to the people of Bracknell Road.

One attack was so serious that people were trapped in their flats until the fire was made safe.

Concern over the number of fires in the area has grown with this latest incident and residents feel increasingly unsafe in their homes.

Miss Davies added: "I live on my own with a little girl and I'm scared to speak out in case of retaliation.

"I haven't been able to sleep properly since the incident. There is no kind of security or CCTV cameras by the flats, and there is nothing to stop them coming here next."

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information to contact the Camberley station on 01276 27131.