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Arson investigation launched into bin fire which spread to Norwich flat and saw two people evacuated

PUBLISHED: 16:36 20 September 2018

Police have launched an arson investigation following a fire at a Norwich flat. Picture: Staff

Police have launched an arson investigation following a fire at a Norwich flat. Picture: Staff

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A fire which caused significant damage to a ground floor flat in Norwich is being treated as arson by police.

Fire crews were called to the blaze in Albert Place, near Gas Hill, at around 8.35pm on Wednesday, September 20.

The fire is believed to have been deliberately started in a rubbish bin outside the property before the spreading to the flat and causing extensive damage to both the inside and outside of the building.

Eight crews and around 25 firefighters from across Norfolk worked through the night to tackle the fire with the last one leaving the address at around 8am on Thursday morning.

A spokesperson for Norfolk police said the fire was being treated as deliberate and an arson investigation was underway.

Two people were evacuated from the address and the ambulance service was also called.

An ambulance and two hazardous area response team vehicles were called to the address, with a number of people assessed at the scene. None required hospital treatment.

Anyone with any information should contact Norwich police on 101 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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