Pictures of damage to Christchurch apartments after ‘arson’

THESE photos show the extent of damage to a block of flats in Christchurch following a suspected arson attack.

Five people had to be checked by ambulance service at the site of smoke inhalation after the incident in a block of flats in Hunt Road, Somerford.

Police say none of them are believed to be in a serious condition.

Police received a call from the fire department at 7:56 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, and have now launched an investigation into the incident.

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The fire occurred in a common hallway of the building.

Bournemouth Echo:

Officers were on hand to help firefighters and residents were evacuated when the fire was extinguished.

Bournemouth Echo:

Chief Inspector Andy Bell of Dorset Police said: “The first indication is that this fire is believed to have started deliberately and we have launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding what happened.

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“I’m eager to hear from anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area around the time of the incident, or who has information that may help our ongoing investigations.

Bournemouth Echo:

“We will continue to work with the fire department to confirm the cause of the fire and there will be a barrier in place while the investigation of the site continues.

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“I would like to thank the residents involved for their cooperation and understanding as the emergency services respond to this matter, as well as other members of the local community affected by this incident.”

Bournemouth Echo:

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101 stating incident number 16: 674. Alternatively, to remain 100 percent anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call toll-free on 0800 555 111.

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