A 36-year-old man arrested after an arson attack on a Halesowen house, from which a mother and two children were rescued by a neighbour, has been released by police.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said no further action would taken against the man who had been bailed twice pending investigations by detectives following the night-time blaze at the Elizabeth Road house last November.

Terrified mother Catherine Keenan-Williams, aged 26, plucked Alex, aged three and two-year-old Caitlin from their beds as thick acrid smoke filled their home after the front door was set on fire.

Her desperate screams were heard by next door neighbour David Burford, a window cleaner, who, with help from son Josh, used his ladders to rescue the family from an upstairs window.

The man, arrested from another address in Halesowen the same day, was questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and bailed until December 14 and again until this month.

The police spokesman said the blaze was still being investigated.