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Man arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life after Kingsway flats fire in Cambridge




Two people have been arrested following a suspected arson attack at the Kingsway flats in Cambridge.

A 41-year-old man from Burwell was arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life in the early hours of this morning (Thursday May 21).

The scene of the fire at Kingsway flats in Arbury, Cambridge. Picture: Phil Rodgers (34507486)
The scene of the fire at Kingsway flats in Arbury, Cambridge. Picture: Phil Rodgers (34507486)

He has been bailed to return to police on June 16.

It comes after a 34-year-old from Peterborough was arrested in Minerva Way, Cambridge, on Friday May 15 in connection with the investigation.

He has since been bailed to return to police on June 12.

The fire at the Arbury flat began at about 3.30pm on Sunday May 10.

One person was taken to hospital as a precaution, while several others were treated by the ambulance service at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The block was evacuated and Carlton Way was closed while the fire service tackled the fire to stop it from spreading.

The damage to the Kingsway flats in Arbury, Cambridge. Picture: Cambs Fire and Rescue Service (34527629)
The damage to the Kingsway flats in Arbury, Cambridge. Picture: Cambs Fire and Rescue Service (34527629)

About 40 firefighters from Cambridgeshire and Suffolk attended the incident, which left the flat badly damaged and caused smoke damage elsewhere.

A dog and a cat died from smoke inhalation, despite efforts to revive them by the emergency services.

Two people escaped via the rear balcony of the flat before crews arrived, while another was rescued from a first-floor window by firefighters using a ladder.

Detective Inspector David Savill said: "The fire has disturbed the lives of those living in the area and we are working to establish the full circumstances around what took place.

The scene of the fire at Kingsway flats in Arbury, Cambridge. Picture: Phil Rodgers (34507490)
The scene of the fire at Kingsway flats in Arbury, Cambridge. Picture: Phil Rodgers (34507490)

“I am keen to hear from anyone who may have heard or seen anything in the area at the time, particularly anybody acting suspiciously or leaving the flats in a hurry.”

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 or report online via www.cambs.police.uk/report quoting crime reference number 35/30636/20.

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