Two women and young child escape arson attack in Fareham

Gemma Keefe standing by the aftermath of the fire
Gemma Keefe standing by the aftermath of the fire
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TWO women and a young boy have escaped a house fire in a possible arson attack.

Gemma Keefe, 27, smelled smoke at her home in Patchway Drive, Fareham, at 10am today while she was at home with her three-year-old son Ryan.

Just minutes later her friend Coral Gray, 18, went to the home and opened a side door to an internal storage room.

Smoke billowed out, filling the end-of-terrace house with smoke.

Gemma said: ‘I could smell smoke. I ran to my neighbour saying there’s a fire in my house.

‘When I came out I did hear a noise while the fire was smouldering.’

A crew from Fareham fire station was called at 10.15am.

Police arrived later and taped off the area.

Sergeant Phil Hall said the cause of the fire was suspicious.

He said: ‘We were contacted by the fire brigade in connection with this incident.

‘The cause at this moment is doubtful.

‘We will arrange for scenes of crime and also fire investigation to come out and inspect.’