Man arrested following Biddulph flat fire

Police have arrested a man following a flat fire in Biddulph.

Officers received a call from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at 4.45pm on Saturday (2nd March) following a fire at a flat on Lucerne Road.

The fire was extinguished by firefighters and residents living in nearby flats close to the fire were evacuated.

Fire crews from Biddulph, Hanley, Leek, Longton, Newcastle and Sandyford attended and found it well-alight.

Hose reel jets were used to extinguish the fire and residents living in nearby flats close to the fire were evacuated.

A woman was taken to hospital by West Midlands Ambulance Service for precautionary checks.

Three people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Officers arrested a man during the early hours of Sunday (3rd March).

A 49-year-old man, from Biddulph, was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and criminal damage.

He was questioned in custody and has since been released on conditional bail while enquiries continue.

Police are working with fire investigators to determine how the fire started.

If you were in the area at the time of the fire and have any CCTV or information that could help us with enquiries, call  101, quoting incident 452 of 2nd March.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Tell them what you know, not who you are.

Tony Mullins
Tony Mullins
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