South East Wales

Rhydyfelin flat blaze which left five trapped was deliberate

Poets Close, Rhydyfelin Image copyright Google

A blaze at a block of flats from which five people were rescued was started deliberately, investigators have said.

Rescue ladders were used to get the residents from a third-floor window at Poets Close, Rhydyfelin, Rhondda Cynon Taff, on Tuesday at about 22:20 BST.

A South Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said it was started deliberately at the bottom of a staircase.

Three appliances and 15 fire fighters were needed to put the blaze out.