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Man arrested following suspicious fires in Crewe

Friday, May 19th, 2017 4:24pm

A man has been arrested by police investigating two suspicious fires in the same Crewe street.

Emergency services were called out to reports of a shed at an address on Selworthy Drive shortly after 11.50pm yesterday (18th May).

The fire was found to have involved a recycling box, which had been extinguished on arrival.

It follows a fire at a property on the same street at 2.30am on Wednesday (17 May), which a 34-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl and three boys, age 13, 12 and 9, managed to escape through a downstairs window.

They were taken to Leighton Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation, but have since been discharged. 

A 21-year-old local man has been arrested in relation to the two incidents and he is currently assisting officers with their enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Duncan Gourk said: “This is the second suspicious fire in Selworthy Drive area in the past three days and we are keen to hear from anyone with any information into either of the incidents.

“At the current time we are keeping an open mind as to whether or not the two incidents are linked, and we are working closely with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of ignition.

“We are currently conducting a number of enquiries in the local area and I urge anyone with any information to contact the team here at Crewe CID on 101.”

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