Woman in her 40s arrested on suspicion of arson after house fire in Worsdell Close, Ipswich

File picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service at work.

File picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service at work. - Credit: Archant

Firefighters rescued a woman from a house fire in Ipswich during the early hours of the morning.

Three fire crews were called to the blaze at a semi-detached property in Worsdell Close shortly after midnight.

A woman aged in her 40s and from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the fire and she is in custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary could not confirm if the arrested woman was rescued from the house.

Station commander Jon Southgate of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was at the scene.

He said: “We received a call at 12.17am from a female at the property who reported a fire.

“We sent three fire appliances to it because we believed the female to be inside, which is our standard attendance.

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“Upon arrival we found a fire and deployed two firefighters in breathing apparatus with a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire in the semi-detached property.

“We found one female and administered oxygen therapy to her for smoke inhalation, she was subsequently cared for by paramedics and we put the stop message in at 1.04am.”

Mr Southgate said the fire was on the first floor of the house, and the female occupant was on the ground floor.

“The fire wasn’t trapping her but she hadn’t managed to get herself out,” Mr Southgate added.

“Crews prevented it from spreading by rapid intervention and we were able to ventilate the house once the fire was extinguished.”

The East of England Ambulance Service was called to the fire at 12.34am and sent an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle.

A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said paramedics treated a woman for minor smoke inhalation and she was discharged from the scene.

The fire was under control by 1.05am.