Three arrests over hospital site fire in Northampton

Fire at St Crispin Psychiatric Hospital Image copyright @markkidsley
Image caption The blaze at the former St Crispin Psychiatric Hospital started late at night last Wednesday

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire that ripped through a derelict hospital in Northampton.

At its height more than 80 firefighters tackled the blaze at the former St Crispin Psychiatric Hospital on Berrywood Road on 6 August.

Police said three men, two aged 23, and one aged 20, have been arrested and released on police bail.

A woman, aged 20, has also been interviewed voluntarily.

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Image caption At the height of the blaze more than 80 firefighters tackled the flames

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: "Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of how the former St Crispin's Hospital was set alight on 6 August .

"A number of people have been arrested and interviewed by detectives in connection with the fire."

Fire investigators said the 19th-century building involved in the fire had been left "structurally unsafe" after it was extensively damaged by the blaze.

The hospital opened in 1876 and was closed in 1995.

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Image caption People were told to keep their doors and windows closed during the night because of the smoke
Image caption Firefighters remain on the scene damping down after the blaze

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