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Man arrested following arson attack on Middlesbrough home
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and attempted murder following a suspected arson attack on a family home in Middlesbrough.
Cleveland Police were called to a report of a fire at an address on Millbrook Avenue in Middlesbrough shortly after 8.30am today (Sunday).
Five people – two women aged 57 and 27, a man aged 29 and two children, a girl aged three and a five-year-old boy, managed to escape from the house and were not injured in the fire.
Neighbours today (Sunday) described their shock at what happened.
Josh Harrison, 23, said: “I didn’t really know what was happening at first. I heard a load of noise and looked out of the window to see smoke coming out of the window and firefighters outside the house.
“I don’t know what caused the fire, but I’m so relieved that no-one was seriously hurt.”
One woman, who didn’t want to be identified, said: “They have lived there for years and years and this has come as a massive shock. There are loads of rumours about what has happened, but at the minute no one knows.
“I’m really pleased that no one appears to have been too badly hurt, but it’s worrying that the police have arrested someone.”
Police officers were carrying out door-to-door enquiries this afternoon to try and piece together what happened at the house.
Part of the street remains cordoned off while investigations into the cause of the fire continue.
A 63-year-old man was taken to hospital and is being treated for smoke inhalation.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The fire is currently being treated as suspicious and a man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and subsequently attempt murder.”
Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to call Cleveland Police on non emergency number 101.
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