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Arson probe as fire wrecks Burnley flat
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fierce blaze ripped through a flat.
The windows were blown out and the roof was severely damaged in the fire.
A mobile phone shop underneath the flat suffered water damage and part of the ceiling caved in.
Two police officers who were investigating had to be taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
A 52-year-old-man, who lives in the flat in Colne Road, was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.
He was also taken to hospital with smoke inhalation. He remained in police custody yesterday.
Haji Ahmed, who runs H&T Communications and H&T Just Fresh with his father, Dilawar Hussain, have been forced to temporarily close their business.
Mr Ahmed, 18, said: “We were here until 1am in the store moving one of our counters before we went home.
“We got a phone call at about 4am in the morning and got down here straight away to clean up.
“We have only been here for three months so this is really bad news for our business.
“I don’t know how long it will take to get the phone shop open again. We have builders here and the next step will be getting in touch with our insurers.”
Nobody else was in the flat at the time and one person was evacuated from a nearby terraced house during the incident at 3am.
Two fire crews from Burnley, one from Nelson and one from Hyndburn attended the scene and police closed Colne Road while they dealt with the flames.
Fire crews used an aerial ladder to tackle the flames which ripped through the roof of the first-floor flat.
The blaze left the pavement outside the shops littered with burnt debris.
Police remained outside the first-floor property yesterday as staff at the phone shop and a convenience store cleaned up their water-damaged properties.
The landlord who rents out the flat above the phone shop, and who did not wish to be named, said the wellbeing of his tenant - who had lived there for three years - was his main concern.