An arsonist who started a fire below a block of flats in Tonbridge, Kent has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Andrew Mason-Flucke set fire to a communal bin area surrounded by wooden cladding during an incident in Walters Farm Road last year.
Mason-Flucke, aged 46, entered the property late on December 23, 2016.
He had left the scene by the time the fire took hold, igniting materials inside the bins, including household waste and cardboard.
Officers and fire crews attended the scene and residents had to be evacuated as smoke billowed into the main building.
Kent Police later issued a CCTV media appeal to track down the culprit, which led to the identification and arrest of Mason-Flucke on 2 February, 2017.
During interview detectives showed Mason-Flucke footage of him entering the bin store and he initially claimed he had gone there as he needed to urinate.
When the CCTV was played further, to show the smoke coming from the bin store shortly after he had left, Mason-Flucke changed his story.
He said he had found matches on the floor and lit one and put it into a bin.
Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court Mason-Flucke pleaded guilty to a charge of arson with intent, reckless as to whether life was endangered.
He was sentenced on October 20, 2017.
Detective Constable Marc Symonds said: "Mason-Flucke’s actions that day were impulsive and reckless. I doubt if he ever considered the potential consequences of setting fire to the contents of a rubbish area, but what is clear is the scant regard he showed for the welfare of the many residents living in these flats.
"It is entirely conceivable that his actions could have led to the deaths or serious injury to a number of residents."