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Burwell man arrested on suspicion of arson after flat fire




A Burwell man has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson attack at a block of flats in Cambridge.

The 41 year old was arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life in the early hours of this morning, and has since been bailed to return to Parkside Police Station on June 16.

He is the second person to be arrested in connection with the blaze at the Kingsway flats in Minerva Way.

The scene of the fire at Kingsway flats in Arbury, Cambridge. Picture: Phil Rodgers (34507490)
The scene of the fire at Kingsway flats in Arbury, Cambridge. Picture: Phil Rodgers (34507490)

On May 10 around 40 firefighters, along with police and the ambulance service, attended the scene in Arbury at about 3.30pm, after a blaze broke out in a first floor flat.

One person was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in the city as a precaution and a number of others were treated by the ambulance service at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The scene of the fire. Picture: Linz Ivory Meadows (34507931)
The scene of the fire. Picture: Linz Ivory Meadows (34507931)

Cambridgeshire Police are treating this as an isolated incident and a joint investigation is underway with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue.

Detective Inspector David Savill said: "The fire has disturbed the lives of those living in the area and we are working to establish the full circumstances around what took place.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who may have heard or seen anything in the area at the time, particularly anybody acting suspiciously or leaving the flats in a hurry."

Ashleigh Cockburn was at home with her husband Steve and one-year-old son Jacoby when the fire broke out.

“My husband Steve was downstairs and called me to say there was loads of black smoke. A few minutes later he came up and said we were being told to evacuate by the fire brigade," she said on the day of the blaze.

“We’re on the top floor. It was in one of the flats, about three along, on the first floor.

“You could see black smoke coming out the windows - it was just billowing out. There were people leaving all over the place, quite confused.

“It’s a fair distance from us, but there was smoke outside our door already. We put Jacoby in a buggy and our neighbour helped us carry the buggy down the stairs.”


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