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Police suspect arson at Richmond flat fire
3:04pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A MAN has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson incident at a block of flats in Richmond.
The fire, which occurred at St James Chapel Wynd, was reported to the emergency services at about 3.30pm on Wednesday (October 23).
Fire and ambulance crews along with the police were alerted to the location.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed two appliances were called to the scene, and two more were sent out after they arrived.
A 63-year-old woman was helped out of the building by firefighters. She was taken by ambulance to Darlington Memorial Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. She was later discharged following treatment.
A 33-year-old local man was arrested at 5.15pm on suspicion of arson with the intent to endanger life. He remains in police custody for questioning.
The stretch of road was closed between Bargate and New Road until around 6pm during the emergency operation.
Police officers remain on guard at the flats while enquiries continue.
Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation – particularly anyone who was in the area at around 3.30pm and recall suspicious behaviour – are urged to contact the police.
Please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Northallerton CID. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To remain anonymous pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111, quoting reference number 12130184177.
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