A MAN and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a flat fire this morning.
Hampshire Constabulary said a 36-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested after a blaze broke out in a flat in Shaftesbury Road, Southsea, shortly after 7am.
Police officers are now appealing for witnesses who might have more information.
A spokesman said: ‘We were called to a domestic dispute at an address in Shaftesbury Road shortly after 7am.
‘A woman was shouting from a window and there was black smoke coming out of the building she was in.
‘The road was closed for a short time so the emergency services could put out the fire, which was out at about 8am.
‘No one was seriously hurt. A 36-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, both from Southsea, were arrested on suspicion of arson and are helping police with their enquiries.’
Hampshire Fire and Rescue group manager Alan Murray said they faced arduous conditions when they went inside with smoke billowing out of a smashed window facing the street.
Once inside crews made their way to a first-floor flat bedroom and rescued the woman inside.
Another woman and her baby were escorted to safety, along with a man and a woman, who had all been told to stay put before firefighters could help them out safely.
Hampshire police said it is investigating the cause of the fire and is appealing for witnesses.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote crime reference number 44150110370.