Update - appeal following reported suspicious fire in Dorchester

30 June 2020
Officers investigating a fire that is alleged to have been started deliberately in Dorchester have arrested a man.

Dorset Police was called at 4.07am on Monday 29 June 2020 to a report of a fire at a block of flats on Bitter End.

The surrounding roads were closed to allow emergency services to deal with the incident and reopened at around 7.30am. The building was also evacuated as a precaution. 

There were no reports of any injuries.

Following enquiries, a 42-year-old man from Dorchester was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. 

Detectives are continuing to appeal for any witnesses or anyone who may have information to assist the investigation to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200093577. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.

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