Dog is rescued by fire crews in Southsea arson

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A DOG was rescued from a burning building after an arson attack.

The pet was trapped on the third storey of a property in Waverley Road, Southsea, when a fire broke out in a ground floor storage area.

Three crews from Southsea were called to the incident at 1.09pm yesterday.

By the time they got to the scene everyone had evacuated the property despite none of the smoke detectors working, but the dog was trapped on the top floor.

Within 20 to 30 minutes the fire was put out and the dog had been saved.

Southsea crew manager Jasper Taylor said: ‘It was an extremely effective and well fought fire.

‘The firefighter’s actions extinguished the fire in 20 to 30 minutes and stopped it spreading further.’

Police and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Arson Task Force were on the scene until 6pm and are treating the incident as suspicious.

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

A second fire broke out in the ground floor of the property at 10.20pm.

Three pumps from Southsea attended the blaze and were on scene until 10.59pm.

Police are now guarding the property while fire investigation teams work to find out the cause of the fire.

They are treating the second fire as suspicious. No arrests have been made.

Firefighters would like to remind people to take the time to check their smoke detectors are working.