Elderly couple left devastated by fire at Fiddler's Green home
AN elderly couple were devastated to return from a trip away to find their house had been completely ruined by fire.
Police are investigating whether the blaze, which has gutted the detached house in Edendale Road, Fiddler's Green, was set by burglars who they believe may have broken into the house earlier.
A friend who has spoken to the couple, but did not wish to be named, said the couple were devastated.
The friend said: "They'd been away for the weekend and their son and son-in-law had to go and pick them up and break the news about what had happened.
"Whatever wasn't taken in the burglary has been destroyed. The owners of the house have nothing.
"They have come home to find they don't even have a toothbrush or a pair of pyjamas.
"The lady has lost her engagement ring. It's completely terrible what has happened to them."
A picture taken in the front room shows that although damage from outside the house seems to be minor, the inside has been destroyed.
The couple's family and friends are desperately appealing for people who knows anything about what happened at the home to give any clues and leads to police.
Their friend said: "People really need to know what happened, and what some people are capable of.
"We really hope they are caught because this is a terrible thing to happen to anybody. It's completely devastating."
The family have said that they want to offer a reward for the recovery of any items that may have been taken in the burglary, particularly an engagement ring and a gold charm bracelet.
Firefighters were called to the blaze early on Tuesday morning. It is believed that break-ins were attempted at two other properties in the street at the time of the fire.
A police spokeswoman said: "Being the victim of a burglary can be hugely traumatic and even more so when your home is damaged by selfish individuals.
"We are doing all we can to identify those responsible and we would urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area to call us ."
Anyone with any information of the break-in or the fire should call Gloucestershire police on 101 quoting incident number 35 of October 1.