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