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Man held as blaze is probed

PUBLISHED: 13:25 30 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

A MAN has been arrested today after a fire in an Ipswich house in which two family dogs were killed.

The fire broke out on the ground floor of a house in Kelly Road, Ipswich, at midnight last night.

A MAN has been arrested today after a fire in an Ipswich house in which two family dogs were killed.

The fire broke out on the ground floor of a house in Kelly Road, Ipswich, at midnight last night. Nobody was injured but a Border Collie and a Springer Spaniel perished in the flames. It is thought the fire started in the living room and spread throughout the ground floor.

This morning police confirmed that they had arrested somebody on suspicion of arson.

A police spokeswoman said: "We carried out an investigation in to the fire and as a result of this a man has been arrested for arson."

Neighbour Lisa Clarke heard the commotion as she was getting into bed last night.

She said: "I got in to bed and then I heard a scream when I looked out I saw a man on the step just screaming.

"It is really awful because I know he has just spent lots of money doing the house up. He only split up with his girlfriend yesterday so he has not been very lucky.

"I saw flames leaping out of the doors and windows and it was really frightening."

Assistant Divisional Officer Paul Seager who attended the scene said: "This was a very serious fire but luckily no one was hurt although sadly two family pets did die.

"We are now liasing with the police who are sending a scenes of crime officer along this morning because the fire is being treated as suspicious."

Fire appliances from Princes Street and Colchester Road, in Ipswich, attended the scene and breathing apparatus was used.

Houses on either side were evacuated and residents were terrified as they had to leave their homes in the dead of night.

One resident who did not want to be named said: "I just got out, I have two children and all I could think about was getting out as soon as possible, there was smoke and flames every where."

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