Arson probe into shed fire which spread to house

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POLICE are investigating a shed fire which spread to a house.

Firefighters from Havant, Emsworth and Cosham were called to Fox Copse Grove, Leigh Park, at 4.20am today.

The family who live there are away visiting relatives for Christmas.

A large brick shed at the back of the property had been set alight and the flames spread to the house.

But the fire spread, damaging the hallway, stairway and upstairs of the two storey property.

Firefighters took just over an hour to put the blaze out.

At the moment the blaze is being treated as suspicious by the Fire

Investigation Team which includes officers from Hampshire police.

Neighbours have been trying to contact the family to break the news to them.