Arrest amid arson probe over Bedhampton house fire

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NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after a homeowner was arrested on suspicion of arson following a blaze at her home.

The fire broke out just after midnight at the house in Ibsley Grove, Bedhampton, on Friday, January 17.

The homeowner, a woman in her late 40s, was rescued from the front bedroom window of the house by her next-door neighbour who put a ladder up and persuaded her to climb down it.

The property was badly damaged by smoke and the front door was kicked in by firefighters who went in to fight the blaze.

A source has told The News that investigators discovered the fire started in two separate areas of the house.

Police have now confirmed that a woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is on police bail until next month.

Neighbours – who did not wish to be named – said they were angry that it could have been started deliberately because it could have spread to their homes.

The house is believed to still be empty following the blaze.

Anyone with information should call Havant police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.