Man arrested following King's Lynn flat blaze

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Police and fire investigators at the scene of the fire in North Lynn - Credit: Chris Bishop

A man has been arrested in connection with suspected arson after a fire in a ground floor flat in King's Lynn on Thursday morning.

Flames tore through the property on Coulton Close, King's Lynn, in the early hours of Thursday.

Six crews took an hour to put out the fire using breathing apparatus, after the alarm was raised around 4.30am.

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A man has been arrested in connection with suspected arson in King's Lynn - Credit: Chris Bishop

A man who lived in the property and another man who lives in the first floor flat were both evacuated from the building safely.

A police cordon has been placed around the property.

Forensic and fire investigators were on the scene throughout the day.

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The scene of the fire is at the junction of Coulton Close and Newlands Avenue - Credit: Chris Bishop

North Lynn fire

Investigators at the scene of the fire - Credit: Chris Bishop

One neighbour said: "I feel so sorry for them, it must be awful to lose your house like that, to have something like that happen to your home."

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The address is close to the North Lynn fire station, although appliances would have to drive two miles through narrow North Lynn streets to get there.

Four crews from Lynn as well as appliances from Terrington and Sandringham were sent to the scene.

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The fire caused severe damage to the porch at the ground floor property - Credit: Chris Bishop

A Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "It was a large fire for a flat.

"Firefighters in breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to extinguish the fire."

A thermal imaging camera was used to check for hotspots and ensure the fire was out before fire crews were stood down.

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Investigations are under at the scene of a fire in Coul;ton Close, King's Lynn - Credit: Chris Bishop

An ambulance was also sent to the scene. A spokesman said: “We were called at 4.43am to a house fire in Coulton Close in King’s Lynn.

"An ambulance, rapid response vehicle and operations manager were sent to the scene. We assessed one patient for smoke inhalation who was discharged at the scene.” 

Police officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity in the area at the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Swaffham CID at Norfolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 36/47340/22.