Arson arrest made after blaze almost destroyed home in The Commons, Colchester

Firefighters were sent to the scene. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Firefighters were sent to the scene. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Archant

A 58-year-old man arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire tore through a home in Colchester remains in police custody this afternoon.

Firefighters from Wivenhoe, Tiptree and Colchester were sent to reports of a house fire in Winston Avenue, just off The Commons, at around 3.56pm yesterday.

When they arrived crews reported there was a fire in a ground floor room, and teams worked for over an hour to put out the flames.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews were called to a semi-detached house after reports of a fire.

“On arrival firefighters reported that there was a fire in a ground floor room and worked to extinguish it by 5.55pm.”


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An investigation revealed the most likely cause of the fire, which destroyed parts of the house, is that it was started deliberately.

Nobody was seriously injured but a man in his 50s was treated for inhaling too much smoke.

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