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UPDATED: POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN CONNECTION WITH FRESHWATER ARSON


UPDATED: Police are understood to be seeking a suspect in connection with an arson attack on a property in Freshwater tonight (Monday).

A number of officers responded to Sunset Close off the High Street alongside colleagues from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service at around 21:00.

2 appliances from Newport and 1 from Freshwater were mobilised to a bungalow in the residential street following a call from Police. It’s at Sunset Close where crews found the fire to be out upon arrival, but the property was smoke logged leading to positive pressure ventilation being used.

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Paramedics are understood to have tonight checked over at least 1 occupant of the bungalow, but no one has been conveyed to St Mary’s Hospital.

All emergency services have now stood down from the incident but not before placing an evidence bag across the front door.

Investigations continue.

UPDATE TUESDAY – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that a smoke grenade was placed through the letterbox of the bungalow in question, filling the property with smoke. This led to the initial fears of a property fire.

A 53-year-old man was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

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In a dramatic turn of events, Police, fire and ambulance crews have been called back to the scene this morning… Read more at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/forensic-investigation-underway-after-substance-thrown-at-freshwater-man/.

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