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UPDATE: Teenage woman arrested on suspicion of arson in Cambridge

By Adrian Curtis

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue believe YMCA fire could have been started deliberately
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue believe YMCA fire could have been started deliberately

Woman released on bail until April

Cambridgeshire police have confirmed they have arrested a teenage woman on suspicion of arson following an incident at the YMCA in Gonville Place, Cambridge.

A spokesperson for the force said:"We were called by the Fire and Rescue Service at 7.30pm on Tuesday (February 21) to an incident in Gonville Place in Cambridge.

"Officers attended the scene and a woman in her late teens was arrested on suspicion of arson. She was later released on bail until April 4."

Prior to the arrest, the Chief Executive of Cambridge YMCA paid tribute to the work of his staff awho evacuated the building.

A fire was reported in one of the rooms at around 7pm but CEO Jonathan Martin said the building was quickly evacuated on advice from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue.

No-one was injured in the incident although the fire service claim the fire may have been started deliberately.

However, Mr Martin told the Cambridge Independent:"About seven o'clock yesterday evening the fire alarm system went off and showed that there was a fire in one of our bedrooms. The staff on site quickly identified which room it was and went straight to investigate. They did as they were supposed to do. We have about 113 bedrooms here. After a small investigation we realised that it was a genuine fire and there was smoke. So we called the fire brigade who attended and put out the fire pretty quickly. Nobody was hurt and the damage was isolated to one room.

"We evacuated the building as is the procedure. It is a relatively big building and we've got about 100 people who live on the site and an other 40 or 50 were using the fitness facilities or meeting rooms."


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