Arsonists strike again at Southsea property

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POLICE are hunting fire-starters after a second blaze broke out in a Southsea home.

Firefighters were called to the three-storey building on Waverley Road, Southsea, at 10.20pm on Monday after a fire was discovered on the ground floor.

Three fire crews from Southsea tackled the blaze, which took them 40 minutes to put out.

Police officers remained on the scene until 1.41pm yesterday while fire investigators worked to discover the cause of the blaze.

The incident is being treated as arson, alongside an earlier arson attack at the building which took place at 1.09pm on Monday.

This fire also broke out on the ground floor, in a storage area.

All those living in the house – which is shared by a number of people – had evacuated the property when firefighters arrived, despite having no working smoke detectors.

But, as reported, a dog had to be rescued from the top floor during the fire.

The whole property was seriously damaged and cannot be lived in until restoration and cleaning work takes place.

Police and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Arson Task Force were on the scene until 6pm on Monday, leaving just hours before the second blaze broke out.

No arrests have been made. Police and fire officers say they are continuing to investigate the incident.