Woman arrested on suspicion of arson “with intent to endanger her life” after Christchurch house burned down


A woman on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger her life has been arrested after a house caught fire in a quiet part of Dorset.

Firefighters and other emergency services have been called in to the blaze that started this morning (December 21) at a Knowles Close property in Somerford, Christchurch.

Police confirmed that three people were being treated for smoke inhalation.

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A resident who witnessed the fire spoke to Dorset Live. Wishing to remain anonymous, she said: “I heard this poor woman in such distress it was terrible to hear that I wanted to run around him and hug her, my heart goes out to them”.

Residents in the area noticed four fire trucks driving down Normandy Drive early this morning and took to social media to voice their concerns.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “Dorset Police received a report at 7.32am on Tuesday 21 December 2021 of a fire at a property in Knowles Close in Christchurch.

“Agents are currently present with the fire and ambulance services. Three people were treated for smoke inhalation.

“A woman was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger her life.”

The Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was also on scene to deal with the blaze.

A spokesperson for the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services said: ‘At 7.33am this morning (December 21) Christchurch Fire Department (x2), Redhill Park, Springbourne and Westbourne Aerial Platform , were called to Knowles Close, Christchurch following reports of a property fire.

“Upon arrival, the firefighters discovered a major fire in an apartment on the first floor. Firefighters used six sets of breathing apparatus, three hose reels and a main line to bring the blaze under control.

“Although everyone evacuated the property when firefighters arrived, three people were treated on site for smoke inhalation by colleagues from the South West Ambulance Service.

“Dorset Police were also present and a joint investigation into the cause of the fire will begin as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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