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Hungerford woman arrested after house blaze

Woman remains in hospital after river search

Jane Meredith

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A Hungerford woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson, in connection with a house fire in the town during the early hours of this morning (Friday).

Thames Valley Police (TVP) spokeswoman, Charlotte Redman, said police were called at 12.43am, to a Charnham Street house fire.

The 44-year-old woman was taken with non life-threatening injuries to a local hospital, which police have refused to name, and where she remains.

Firefighters battled the blaze for three hours and which left the property extensively smoke-damaged.

Both fire engines from Newbury and a third from Hungerford fire stations were called at midnight to the blaze, affecting the ground and first floors of the property, with smoke visible in the surrounding area.

No-one was in the house at the time, according to firefighters at the scene.

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using two hosereels, before ventilating the house, using high pressure fans.

Firefighters from three counties were also simultaneously involved in a search of the River Dun in Hungerford, after police received an eyewitness report that someone was in the river, after being seen coming from the direction of the fire.

Crews from Newbury were diverted to the river, along with colleagues from Wiltshire and Hampshire, called shortly after midnight.

Using search lights, fire crews wearing dry suits and using radios, searched up and down the river.

A person was subsequently found on dry land, according to firefighters at the scene.

Police are investigating the incident and anyone with information should telephone the non emergency number, 101.

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