Cops have arrested a 28 year old woman on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following a fire at a Redbridge towers in Southampton.
Fire gutted a flat on Cuckmere Lane on Sunday evening.
No one has been reported as seriously injured although some residents have been treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. One neighbour who spoke exclusively to use said that the fire is thought to have started after a candle was set alight in the kitchen of the 12th Floor property just after 5.30pm.[photoshelter-gallery g_id=”G0000pY292Rd_VPk” g_name=”tower-block-fire” width=”600″ f_fullscreen=”t” bgtrans=”t” pho_credit=”iptc” twoup=”f” f_bbar=”t” f_bbarbig=”f” fsvis=”f” f_show_caption=”t” crop=”f” f_enable_embed_btn=”t” f_htmllinks=”t” f_l=”t” f_send_to_friend_btn=”f” f_show_slidenum=”t” f_topbar=”f” f_show_watermark=”t” img_title=”casc” linkdest=”c” trans=”xfade” target=”_self” tbs=”5000″ f_link=”t” f_smooth=”f” f_mtrx=”t” f_ap=”t” f_up=”f” height=”400″ btype=”old” bcolor=”#CCCCCC” ]
Temporary accommodation has been offered to people affected by the fire it is understood that the 12th floor has been left with smoke and fire damage.
The 28-year-old woman is understood to be the tenant and is currently being questioned at Southampton Police station by detectives
Fire Crews spent three hours tackling the blaze in the 19-storey building.
Hampshire fire and rescue service said no one was seriously injured. Police and fire crews remain at the scene this afternoon working with specialist arson task force officers.
Following the fire at Redbridge Towers this evening, Southampton Independents Councillor Andrew Pope, ward Councillor for Redbridge, has issued the following statement:
“””I have personally thanked the Police and the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for their excellent response in ensuring that no serious injuries were sustained.
However, I was concerned that tenants of Southampton City Council and local residents were not being kept informed by Council officers.
No facilities were made available, despite requests by residents, on what was a cold night. Some residents and children were clearly traumatised and understandably so.
I understand that the Police and Fire Service are already investigating the cause.
I have already begun investigating what the Council did and did not do prior to this unfortunate incident, and have asked for an urgent update.”