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Royal South Hants Hospital fire: Arson suspect arrested

Antelope House at Royal South Hants Hospital
Image caption The cause of the fire is under investigation but the damage was contained to the affected ward.

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire at a Southampton hospital.

Five people needed medical treatment after fire broke out in a mental health unit at Royal South Hants Hospital on Wednesday evening.

Police said a 36-year-old woman from Fareham was arrested on suspicion of arson and bailed until 8 May.

Fire crews said one ward had to be evacuated and 30 people moved to a different part of the building.

Four people were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke while one needed further treatment and was transferred to another hospital.

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