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Witness appeal launched following two suspected arson attacks in West Wycombe Road, High Wycombe

| February 20, 2015

Police Light - 2014-03-22

A witness appeal has been launched following two suspected arson attacks at a property in West Wycombe Road, High Wycombe.

Emergency services were called to a flat in West Wycombe Road at 10.35pm on Thursday 19th February 2015 and again to the same location at 2.13am on Friday 20th February 2015 after fire had broken out again.

At the first fire, at 10.35pm on Thursday 19th February 2015, two fire appliances with crews attended from High Wycombe fire station as well as one from Beaconsfield fire station along with an officer.

One hose reel, two sets of breathing apparatus and a Positive Pressure Ventilation fan were used during the operation to extinguish the fire.

Paramedics treated a man who was suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke.

At the second fire, at 2.13am on Friday 20th February 2015, three fire appliances with crews were despatched to the incident from High Wycombe fire station together with one from Beaconsfield fire station and an officer.

One jet, one hose reel, four sets of breathing apparatus and a Positive Pressure Ventilation fan were used during the operation to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters rescued four men and a woman from the house which was severely damaged by heat and smoke. One of the rescued men was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke.

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service based at Marlow Fire Station attended to help look after the people involved.

Both the Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service attended. People in neighbouring properties were treated for smoke inhalation.

A 29 year old man from High Wycombe was arrested on Friday 20th February 2015 on suspicion of arson in connection with these incidents and is currently in custody.

Det Sgt Mike Anderson of Force CID, leading the investigation, said: ‘We are treating both fires as suspected arson and we believe they are linked. We would urge anyone who has any information about how these fires began to contact us as a matter of urgency. We believe this to be an isolated incident and unrelated to the wider community‘.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for anyone with any information that could help the police with their enquiries to please contact Det Sgt Anderson via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 quoting URN 1431 19/2.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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