Detectives arrested and charged a man following a house fire in Ferntree Gully on Friday 18 January.
Police said the fire broke out in the Veronica Street home about 1.30am and caused extensive damage to the property.
No-one was home at the time.
Croydon detectives charged a 28-year-old man from no fixed address with criminal damage by fire, reckless conduct endangering life and resisting police.
He was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
Investigators want to speak to any witnesses and urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.