Man arrested on suspicion of arson and ‘threats to kill’ after house fire in Haverhill

A blaze broke out in a bedroom at a property in The Keep, Haverhill at around 7.30pm. Police and thr

A blaze broke out in a bedroom at a property in The Keep, Haverhill at around 7.30pm. Police and three fire engines attended and the fire was put out by 8.20pm. - Credit: Archant

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and threats to kill after a house fire in west Suffolk last night.

Police were called to reports that a man was behaving in a threatening manner at a property in The Keep, Haverhill at around 6.30pm.

Officers attended and around an hour later alerted the fire service to a blaze which had broken out in a bedroom at the property.

The fire was put out by 8.20pm and no-one was injured as a result of the blaze.

Police said this morning that a 38-year-old man from Haverhill was arrested for suspicion of arson, threats to kill, affray and assault.


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He is currently being held in custody at Bury St Edmunds.

In a statement, a Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “A man was arrested last night following a disturbance at an address in Haverhill.

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“Police were called to a property in The Keep just after 6.30pm on Monday to reports that a man was behaving in a threatening manner.

“Officers attended the address and then at around 7.25pm requested assistance from the fire service, who were asked to extinguish a blaze which had been started at the property.

“A 38-year-old man from Haverhill was subsequently arrested on suspicion of arson, threats to kill, affray and assault. He is currently in custody at the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre and being questioned by officers.”

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said three fire engines attended after receiving multiple calls to a house fire at The Keep, off Burton End, at 7.30pm.

The blaze, which broke out in a bedroom on the first floor of a mid-terraced property, was extinguished at 8.20pm and firefighters worked inside the property until 10pm, the spokesman said.

He said the cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate.

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