Harworth: Man arrested in suspected arson

House fire on Windermere Avenue Harworth
House fire on Windermere Avenue Harworth
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a house fire caused a street-wide evacuation in Harworth.

Fire and rescue services were alerted to the blaze on Windermere Avenue in the village just before 10pm on Sunday night.

The last flames were finally extinguished some three and a half hours later - just after 1.30am on Monday - with all persons safely accounted for.

Fire crews from Harworth, Worksop and South Yorkshire were called to attend the incident with additional support required from Mansfield’s specialist street level platform.

Retford crews were also called to the incident but were unable to attend due to ongoing work at the recycling site on Shireoaks Road, Worksop.

The first floor and roof of the boarded-up house were already alight when crews arrived at the scene.

By the time the last of the flames were finally doused, the roof and first floor of the house had been severely damaged.

Half of the house’s roof was burnt away in the inferno, with charred beams visible to all on the quiet street.

A window was also burned out, leaving breezeblocks on display in a first floor room.

The scale of the blaze meant that other houses on Windermere Avenue were evacuated by firefighters as a precaution, disrupting the night of several families.

Police later reported that a 33-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the incident and bailed pending a court appearance, the details of which were not released.

One witness, who did not wish to be named, said the fire had looked ‘terrifying’.

He added: “If it is arson it’s terrible, this is such a quiet, sleepy area and you never get any sort of trouble - the odd grass fire is about it.”

“The main thing is that everyone in the street got out and safe. It was a big fire and it does make you worry about what people are up to, it’s unnerving.”

Notts Fire and Rescue Service urges anyone who witnesses a fire to call the fire service on 999 immediately.

The safety of yourself and others should be ensured, and an attempt made to tackle the fire with extinguishers only if it is safe to do so. To receive fire safety advice for your own home, contact the service on 0115 967 0880.

Information is also available from your local fire station and at www.fireservice.co.uk. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Notts Police on 101, referring to incident 930 of 4th August.