Arson investigation underway in Heysham after police and fire service find evidence in third floor flat

Lancaster Police have launched an investigation after a suspected arson attack in a flat in Heysham Road on Sunday, August 23.

Friday, 28th August 2020, 2:57 pm
Updated Friday, 28th August 2020, 3:04 pm

The fire started at around 10.55pm and the building was evacuated with several people, including a firefighter, receiving treatment for smoke inhalation.

There was substantial damage caused in the flat with smoke damage in the building.

Following a joint investigation by fire crews and police, it is believed the fire was caused by accelerant found in a metal tin.

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The fire caused extensive damage to the property in Heysham Road

Detectives are appealing for information and urging anyone with information to come forward.

Det Con Adam Jussub, of Lancaster CID, said: “We have launched an arson investigation following a flat fire in Heysham.

“Initial enquiries between both the fire service and police suggest accelerants may have been used to start the blaze.

“This is clearly very concerning and we are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The flat in Heysham Road.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the Heysham Road area between 10pm and 10.30pm? If so please get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 1804 of August 23.

Alternatively you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

A metal tin believed to contain accelerant.