Police have launched an investigation into a suspected arson attack following a fire at a property in Newport last night (Friday).
As first reported by Island Echo, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to an address on Barton Road, Pan at around 23:15.
2 crews from Newport used breathing apparatus, hose reels and COBRA to bring the situation under control in just over an hour. A third appliance from East Cowes was stood down en-route.
Police have a cordon established around the ground floor flat this morning as they investigate whether or not the fire was started as a result of criminal intent.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:
“We can confirm we are investigating the cause of a fire that occurred at a property in Barton Road, Newport, between 11pm and 11.28pm last night (March 13).
“The fire occurred in a ground floor flat at the property. Fortunately no-one was in the property at the time and no injuries have been reported.
“Officers are treating the incident as arson and are conducting a number of enquiries.
If you have any information about this incident or if you were in the vicinity and saw or heard anything suspicious around this time, get in touch with Police by calling 101 and quoting reference 44200096016.