Update: Investigation launched into suspected arson at Great Yarmouth flats
09:36 11 November 2012
Police have launched an investigation after a flat fire in Great Yarmouth which left a man with burns to his arm.
Firefighters and police were called to the three storey property in Dene Side at around 4.15pm yesterday (Saturday) after a blaze broke out in the first floor hallway.
Fire crews wore breathing apparatus and used main and hose reel jets to tackle the flames. The cause of the blaze is not yet known but police are treating it as a suspected arson and appealing for witnesses.
Six people evacuated themselves from the property before emergency services arrived, including the man who suffered slight burns while rescuing his dogs.
Jason Smith was walking back to the property when he noticed the flames and smoke and called to his friends to get out, with some escaping via the front and back windows.
The Great Yarmouth resident said: “I got to the door and saw the flames on the middle landing and black smoke, then I just stood on the stair shouting to everyone that was upstairs.
“Then I started shouting up at the windows because I didn’t know if anyone heard me. Someone came to the window and I told them to get out.
“It was scary to know they were upstairs.”
The flames were contained to an area about a square metre in size but the building was fully smoke logged. All the residents had returned to the building last night.
Witnesses should call DS Chris Nurgess at Yarmouth CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.