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Fire at notorious block of flats being treated as arson

PUBLISHED: 13:14 20 February 2019 | UPDATED: 13:17 20 February 2019

The block of flats in Glebe Close, Thetford, where a fire is being treated as arson. Picture: Conor Matchett

The block of flats in Glebe Close, Thetford, where a fire is being treated as arson. Picture: Conor Matchett

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A fire at a block of flats in a Norfolk town is being treated as arson by police.

The block of flats in Glebe Close, Thetford, where a fire is being treated as arson. Picture: Conor MatchettThe block of flats in Glebe Close, Thetford, where a fire is being treated as arson. Picture: Conor Matchett

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at Glebe Close in Thetford at 1.16am this morning.

Crews from Thetford, Attleborough, Watton, Methwold, Brandon and Ixworth attended the fire alongside police and the ambulance service.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus to tackle the fire with hose reel jets.

Officers from Norfolk Police are treating the fire as arson and said they believe the fire began in the garages next to the flats before moving to the block.

The block of flats in Glebe Close, Thetford, where a fire is being treated as arson. Picture: Conor MatchettThe block of flats in Glebe Close, Thetford, where a fire is being treated as arson. Picture: Conor Matchett

She added: “We were called to assist in terms of any evacuations and road closures. The fire is being treated as arson and we will be investigating.

“If anyone has any information or witnessed the event, please call Norfolk Police on 101 and quote crime reference 36/11887/19.”

The landlord, Rick Player, did not comment.

Three of the four flats in the block were issued with an emergency prohibition order which prevents them being used as residential accommodation on Friday, February 8 following an inspection by Breckland District Council and the fire service.

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