Police arrest man over Gosport fire after endangering four lives
POLICE have arrested a man for endangering life after four people '“ includingÂ a young child '“Â were forced to jump out of a window from aÂ burning Gosport flat.Â
Desperate screams were heard coming from aÂ first floor flat in Jervis Drive around midnight as a four year old girl,Â a woman in her 50s andÂ a man and woman in their 20s were rescued by neighbours.
All four were believed to have sufferedÂ smoke inhalation withÂ the four year old taken to Queen Alexander Hospital as a precaution after residentsÂ helped them climb downÂ fromÂ the fourÂ metre high window.Â
And now police areÂ investigating an allegation of arson with intent to endanger life '“ with aÂ 28-year-old man from GosportÂ arrested.
Other residents in the block self-evacuated, though some remained inside their flats until the fire was put out.
By the time Gosport fire crewÂ had turned up five minutes after receiving the call,Â the blazeÂ was out. Along with crews from Fareham and Porchester, they tackledÂ smoke that was pouring out of the block.
The flat sufferedÂ smoke damage whileÂ blood was also seen at the site.Â
A joint police and fire investigation intoÂ the cause of the fire is now underway with forensic teams with sniffer dogs attending the sceneÂ this morning.
Gosport watch manager Sean Ratcliffe said: '˜A neighbour tackled the fire which was out by the time we turned up. There was a lot of smoke in the flat which we tackled. Two of the people were taken to hospital with suspectedÂ smoke inhalation.'
Officers are appealing for witnesses who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the hours before and around the time of the fire.
Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference 44180400893 orÂ call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Â