House fire in March

Arson fire at Grounds Avenue, March.
Arson fire at Grounds Avenue, March.
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with the intent to endanger life after a house fire in March earlier today (Wednesday).

At 5.30am fire crews from March and Chatteris were called to the bungalow fire in Grounds Avenue and found a fire in the loft, with smoke seen coming from the building.

The man, who is in his 50s and believed to be the tenant, was arrested this morning.

An elderly neighbour described how she was woken up by someone hammering on her front door, who turned out to be the immediate neighbour of the affected bungalow.

“He said he could see flames,” she said. “The smoke was just billowing out of the roof and travelling from house to house through the lofts.”

The block of six bungalows was evacuated, with people having to go in with neighbours while the fire service tackled the blaze.

There was allegedly a fire at the same bungalow just a few weeks ago, in the back garden.

The smoke was cleared from the building using a positive pressure ventilation fan and a fire investigation is now being undertaken to determine the cause of the fire.