The Peugeot 308 GTI and Vauxhall Corsa were torched during the early hours of Tuesday morning

The uncle of a toddler murdered in an arson attack spoke of the moment his cars were torched in the early hours of the morning.

Kevin Bimpson says he and his wife, Donna, woke up to neighbours banging on their door after two cars parked outside the home, in St Andrews Drive, were set on fire.

The pair had to climb over the back gate of their Huyton home to get out and stood in the street watching while their cars went up in flames.

Kevin鈥檚 niece was Francesca Bimpson who was just three years old when she was murdered during an arson attack in 2008.

He says the incident, which happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 鈥渂rought back horrendous memories鈥?

The 鈥渋nnocent angel鈥?hid beneath her blankets as a fire raged through her family鈥檚 Everton home.

Francesca Bimpson

She died two days before Christmas, three weeks after petrol was poured through the letterbox by her aunt鈥檚 jealous ex-boyfriend, Graham Heaps, who is serving a 28-year jail sentence for her murder.

Kevin, 58, told the ECHO: 鈥淗aving a family member murdered by arson has made this horrendous.

鈥淣eighbours were banging on our door because we had gone to sleep and I looked out the bedroom window to see my car on fire.

鈥淭here was explosions from the tyres popping and we were absolutely petrified.?/p>

When he first looked out the bedroom window Kevin says he 鈥渨ondered what the hell was going on鈥?but added the most worrying thing about the attack was that young families lived either side of his house.

Everyone living nearby had to be evacuated because their guttering was melting from the heat of the vehicles.

Kevin added: 鈥淭hey have a very young baby next door and neighbours living along the road took them in.

鈥淲e have lived here for 20 years and never had a problem.

鈥淭here is absolutely no reason we can think of as to why this has happened.

鈥淎 number of cars were parked on this road and you wonder why they targeted this house.

鈥淚t is disgraceful.?/p>

The Peugeot 308 GTI and Vauxhall Corsa were torched during the early hours of Tuesday morning

Kevin says he now wants to warn others of the dangers as Merseyside Police launch an investigation into the 鈥渕alicious鈥?incident.

A spokesman said: 鈥淲e were called to property in Huyton in the early hours of Tuesday, March 4, following reports that two vehicles were alight on the driveway.

鈥淥fficers were called just after 12.30am following reports that a Vauxhall Corsa and a Peugeot 308 were on fire. The vehicles were badly damaged by fire.

鈥淭he incident is being treated as suspected malicious ignition, an investigation is currently underway and house to house, CCTV and forensic enquiries are ongoing.?/p>

Kevin says it was his first day in his new job and that day his boss lent him his company car, the Peugeot 308 GTI, which was later torched.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or on the website here .