A family have had their lives ripped apart by an arson attack on their home which is believed to have been paid for by a gang.
Jake Denton torched a Ford Mondeo outside the home of his targeted victim, Darren Lees, after dousing it in petrol. The flames spread quickly and were so intense they melted the front door of the Waddington home. Mr Lees, his wife and their young daughter escaped into the back garden.
But a police officer has said she has never seen anyone so badly affected by a crime.
Detective Constable Jo Hodson, of Lincolnshire Police, led the investigation into the attack.
She said: "It has been a very disturbing and life-changing experience for the family.
"It has been totally devastating for them. I have never seen anybody affected by a crime of this level as much as they have.
"The staircase in the house leads from the front to upstairs. Had the door caught alight, and the family had not been made aware, it could have been very different.
"It is a very lucky escape, it could have been a lot worse but it has been bad enough for the family."
Denton, 22, of Newark Road, Lincoln, has never revealed to police who paid him to carry out the attack on November 18, 2012, or why.
He admitted a charge of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered at Lincoln Crown Court and was jailed for two years.
During sentencing, Judge Stuart Rafferty said Denton had committed a "very dangerous act".
"The circumstances you were in cannot begin to explain or excuse why you got yourself into the situation which you are in," he said.
"You were recruited by people who had a grievance against Mr Lees. He was a man you didn't even know.
"Not knowing why they had a grievance against him, you agreed to carry out an act which it must have been appreciated was a very dangerous act indeed.
"If the car had been parked in the street that would have been bad enough but what I cannot lose sight of is that it was parked slap bang next to the house.
"If you have grievances with anybody, the setting of fires and risk of damage to property and life simply cannot be tolerated."
Graham Huston, defending, said that at the time Denton was depressed and was desperate for money.