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Man arrested after Oulton Broad blaze

PUBLISHED: 16:51 21 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 05 July 2010

BLAZE DRAMA: Firefighters attend a house fire on Romany Road, Oulton Broad.

BLAZE DRAMA: Firefighters attend a house fire on Romany Road, Oulton Broad.

Mark Boggis

POLICE have arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of arson after around 25 firefighters were called to a house fire in Oulton Broad.

Three crews from Normanshurst station and one appliance from Clifton Road in Lowestoft were all called to the blaze in Romany Road at around 12.

POLICE have arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of arson after around 25 firefighters were called to a house fire in Oulton Broad.

Three crews from Normanshurst station and one appliance from Clifton Road in Lowestoft were all called to the blaze in Romany Road at around 12.15pm on Tuesday.

The forward control vehicle from Beccles was also called to the scene, along with police officers to deal with traffic control.

Assistant divisional fire officer Mark Labdon said: “This was a serious fire in the first floor of a detached chalet style bungalow.

“When we got here the building was empty. “The crews did well and worked hard to put out the flames,” he added.

The fire chief revealed that most of the damage in the blaze was confined to the first floor bedroom, but the blaze had spread throughout the roof void.

ADO Labdon added that the fire was “difficult to deal with” as the building was hard to access. One crew remained on the scene as investigations into the cause of the blaze were launched.

Police press officer Anne-Marie Breach told The Journal: “We were called to the scene by the fire service at 12.30pm initially to provide traffic control but were then informed that the fire was suspicious. “Enquiries were subsequently launched and a 48-year-old man was arrested in connection with the fire.”

He is currently in custody at Lowestoft police station and The Journal understands he is from Romany Road.

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