UK Cops Hunt Millionaire Family in Arson Attack

Failed businessman 'not to be trusted,' according to judge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 5:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – British police have issued an "all-ports" alert for a family whose mansion was mysteriously gutted by arson this week, the Independent reports. The charred remains of  the home are still unsafe to enter and police are unsure if the bodies of Christopher Foster, his wife and their teenage daughter are inside. Foster's business failed last year and a judge described him as "not to be trusted."

Neighbors were startled awake Tuesday night by the sound of Foster's luxury cars exploding. Fire crews arrived to find the house blazing and barricaded. Police, who are continuing to probe Foster's business dealings, refused to confirm reports that the family's horses, dogs and chickens had been shot dead. A TV report speculated Foster may have killed his family.