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Royal South Hants Hospital fire: Arson suspect arrested

Antelope House at Royal South Hants Hospital Image copyright Google
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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