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Man rescued after arson attack

PUBLISHED: 11:03 04 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

A PARTIALLY sighted man is recovering after being rescued from his burning flat following an arson attack.

The victim, believed to be in his 30s, was forced to lean out of his Hawthorn Drive flat as Ipswich fire crews battled to save him before the fire took hold.

A PARTIALLY sighted man is recovering after being rescued from his burning flat following an arson attack.

The victim, believed to be in his 30s, was forced to lean out of his Hawthorn Drive flat as Ipswich fire crews battled to save him before the fire took hold.

Today the flat is heavily smoke damaged and the victim is recovering in hospital. It is thought he is suffering from smoke inhalation.

Both Suffolk Police and Suffolk Fire and Rescue today confirmed that they are treating the fire as deliberate.

The blaze broke out at around 10.45pm yesterday. Ipswich fire crews received a call to say that there was some property on fire outside the flat.

However, while the three fire crews were on the way to the scene they were told that there was a person trapped.

As some firefighters fought the flames on the doorstep of the house, others put a ladder up to the first floor window, smashing the glass and rescuing the stricken man within 13 minutes of the initial call.

The man in charge at the scene, Assistant Divisional Officer Karl Rolfe, said: "This fire was clearly of suspicious origin but that as far as who it could be we really don't know, an we will leave it to the police to find out.

"It is obviously a concern that a partially sighted man was left like this, but luckily we were able to reach him in time. The fire though was clearly an arson attack."

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