Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Winchester house fire investigated as 'suspected arson'

House fire in Hatherley Road, Winchester
Image caption About 40 firefighters tackled the flames and stopped them from spreading to other homes

A fire that broke out at a home under construction in Winchester is being treated as arson following a Hampshire police and fire service investigation.

Ten homes were evacuated during the blaze in Hatherley Road on 22 August at around 04:30 BST.

Forty firefighters spent three hours extinguishing the fire.

Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said they had ruled out accidental ignition from "faulty electrics" or "on-site staff".

A spokesman said the fire would now be investigated as a "suspected arson attack".

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