Witness appeal following suspicious fire in Christchurch

Alert message sent 17/11/2021 11:35:00

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Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward as they investigate a fire in Christchurch that is believed to have been started deliberately.

Dorset Police received a report at 7.56pm on Tuesday 16 November 2021 from the fire service relating to a fire at a block of flats in Hunt Road. It was believed the fire had originated in a communal hallway of the building.

Officers attended to assist the fire service and residents were evacuated as the fire was extinguished. Five people were checked over by the ambulance service at the scene for smoke inhalation, but none of them were believed to be in a serious condition.

Chief Inspector Andy Bell, of Dorset Police, said: “The initial indication is that this fire is believed to have been started deliberately and we have launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

“I am keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the incident or who has any information that might assist our ongoing enquiries.

“We will continue to work with the fire service to confirm the cause of the fire and there will be a cordon in place as an examination of the scene continues.

“I want to thank the residents involved for their co-operation and understanding as the emergency services respond to this matter, as well as other members of the local community affected by this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 16:674. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.
 
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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

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