Man arrested on suspicion of arson after flat fire in Rugby

The fire was in a flat on Carolyn Lane. Photo: Leah Ashby
The fire was in a flat on Carolyn Lane. Photo: Leah Ashby

A man was arrested on suspicion of arson as detectives investigate a suspicious fire at a flat in Rugby today (Tuesday, July 18).

Three fire engines and police were called to the fire at Carolyn Lane Court on Blackman Way at around 1.30pm.

Firefighters at the flat fire on Carolyn Lane. Photo: Keith Ward

Firefighters at the flat fire on Carolyn Lane. Photo: Keith Ward

On arrival it was confirmed the flat was well alight and firefighters used two breathing apparatus, a hose, a hose reel jet, a thermal imaging camera and a hydrant to extinguish the blaze.

Upon closer inspection by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, it appears the fire may have been caused deliberately and a thorough investigation is now underway, police said.

A 47-year-old man from Rugby was arrested on suspicion of arson and he is in police custody.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Belcher said: "Thankfully, no injuries have been reported but we have reason to believe that there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire.

Firefighters at the flat fire on Carolyn Lane. Photo: Keith Ward

Firefighters at the flat fire on Carolyn Lane. Photo: Keith Ward

"We have launched a thorough investigation to establish the cause of the fire and determine if it was caused deliberately.

"If you witnessed this incident, or have any information, we would urge you to come forward.

"Whether you believe this information is important or not, it could prove vital in our enquiries."

Anyone with information should call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident 184 of July 18.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.