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Teenager arrested on suspicion of arson after major fire in Calcot

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A teenager has been arrested in connection with a large residential fire which broke out last night (Thursday) just off the A4 in Calcot.

The 17-year-old boy from Calcot remains in police custody on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

The 11.50pm blaze, at Red Cottage Drive, affected several properties.

Credit: Paul King (58310663)
Credit: Paul King (58310663)

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service were at the scene.

There will be a “considerable presence of police officers and investigators” in this area as the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Thames Valley Police has urged the local community “not to speculate” but contact the police with any information.

Watch: Fire crews at the scene of the fire at Red Cottage Drive

Thames Valley Police deputy LPA commander for West Berkshire chief inspector Emily Evans said: “This was initially declared as a major incident, but thankfully, due to the swift actions of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Central Ambulance Service and Thames Valley Police, nobody suffered serious injuries.

“However, sadly, a number of residents have been displaced and several properties have suffered damage, some of which is very significant.

“We have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with this incident while our investigation continues."

She said: “I am appealing to anybody who was in the area last night and witnessed what happened to please get in touch with Thames Valley Police, either by making a report online or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43220335883.

“If you do not wish to speak directly to police, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

She continued: “I’d be particularly keen to hear from anybody who may have CCTV, doorbell or dash-cam footage from around the time of the incident last night to please contact us and provide this to us.

“It is testament to the professionalism of our officers and colleagues in the fire and ambulance services that this incident was brought under control quickly and no-one was seriously hurt.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding in supporting the evacuation while we dealt with what was a very serious incident.”

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