Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Man saved from 'deliberate' Southsea flats fire

Fire-damaged window
Image caption The man escaped through a window of the third storey flat in Southsea

A man rescued from a fire which police believe may have been started deliberately at a block of flats has been taken to hospital with burns.

The man, 24, escaped down a ladder from the third floor of the property in Clarendon Road, Southsea, on Saturday.

Residents in the other 30 flats managed to flee before crews arrived to extinguish the flames. The man was taken to hospital for treatment.

It is thought the fire started at the entrance to the flat.

Det Insp Colin Carpenter said: "We're working with Hampshire fire service to establish what started the fire. At this time we're treating it as doubtful.

"I would like to hear from anyone who may have information about what caused the fire, or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area."

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