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CREWS TACKLE EARLY MORNING FLAT FIRE

atherleyroadfireflukeFirefighters spent over an hour tackling a flat fire in the early hours of this morning (Monday) at a terraced property in Shanklin , resulting in one person being treated for smoke inhalation.

At the height of the blaze, up to four pumping appliances from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance at Atherley Road at the junction with North Road, as reported by Island Echo within 10 minutes of the 999 call.

Crews were alerted to the incident shortly before midnight, dispatching Sandown and Shanklin retained firefighters initially.

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atherleyroadfireUsing breathing apparatus and two hose reels, firefighters entered the property near to Mr T’s takeaway, extinguishing the small but noteworthy blaze from within.

Paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service also attended the scene and treated one women, believed to be aged in her 40s, for smoke inhalation.

Nearby properties were evacuated as the heavy smoke spread, however it is understood that there has been no serious damage sustained.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary temporarily closed Atherley Road to traffic before fire crews left the scene at just gone 01:00.

UPDATE: A 56-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following the early-hours blaze.

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Fire investigators have returned to the scene this morning to carry out further examinations of the property.

Anyone with information can contact Newport DCID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Featured photograph by Island Echo reader Fluke Kas. Second photograph supplied by Island Echo reader Amii-Louise Williams.

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