Police arrest woman for Leigh Park arson

INVESTIGATION Police and firefighters at the house in Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, which was the scene of a suspected arson attack
INVESTIGATION Police and firefighters at the house in Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, which was the scene of a suspected arson attack

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A WOMAN has been arrested on suspicion of arson after fire ravaged a house.

The arson task force of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been trawling through the charred remains of a bedroom to work out what started the blaze.

Detectives have arrested a 46-year-old woman and are still quizzing her in relation to the fire at a terraced property in Middle Park Way, Leigh Park.

Two fire engines from Havant and one from Cosham went to tackle the fire at about 3am yesterday.

Police were first to arrive and led a man and woman to safety, although the woman was hurt.

Havant’s watch manager Lee Havey said: ‘When we turned up the occupiers had left the property with the assistance of a police officer.

‘The man and woman went to hospital.

‘The woman had broken bones.

‘She was walking, but had broken at least one bone – maybe her arm or collarbone.’

Firefighters put out the fire, which was contained in an upstairs bedroom.

The blaze was so fierce that the floor collapsed.

Mr Havey said: ‘It was very severe. The upstairs bedroom was destroyed. The upstairs was also completely smoke and heat-damaged.’

No other properties were affected by the fire.

The people living at the house were not available to speak.

A 55-year-old neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I was woken up at about 1.30am and heard banging and shouting like mad.

‘At 3am I phoned the police and looked out of the window and saw a mist coming over.

‘A woman came running across the road and said the house was on fire. Police said “phone the fire station and get out”.

‘For me, it was quite scary.’

A local resident said there were always people going in and out of the house.

Another neighbour said: ‘Flames were belching out of the windows.

‘I didn’t think the house would survive it – it was as if someone had put petrol all over it.’

Firefighters were there for around two hours and used fans to clear the smoke.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘Police are investigating an arson which took place in Middle Park Way.’

Call police with information on 101.