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Police treating huge fire in Plymouth as arson

Police treating huge fire in Plymouth as arson

Published by Emma Carton at 6:35am 7th September 2018.

A major investigation has been launched after a 'suspicious' fire tore through flats in Plymouth.

Five residents had to be rescued from the burning block at St Budeaux.

11 families have not been able to return to their homes because of severe smoke damage.

No-one was seriously hurt but detectives believe the blaze on Wednesday morning was arson.

"This was a major incident for the city and extremely distressing incident for the affected residents who have temporarily lost their homes.

"We are keen to ensure that we have spoken to everyone who has any involvement in this incident, including residents and witnesses.

"If they haven't spoken to us or passed their details we would like to hear from them.

"Police continue to work with partner agencies, including Sanctuary Housing and Plymouth City Council, to help affected residents where we can.

"The local neighbourhood team is offering a reassuring presence within the area to help alleviate residents' concerns.

"We would also remind people not to try to re-enter the affected premises and to approach the police and other agencies with any worries they may have".

Detective Sergeant Maggie Wood, Devonport CID

The building has been secured and a scene guard remains in place, as police try to work out exactly what happened.

Any witnesses or residents who heard or saw any suspicious activity or individuals around the flats in the hours before are being urged to come forward.

Anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by phone on 101, quoting crime reference CR/038734/15.

Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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