Man arrested in suspected arson attack
Cause of fire is under investigation
TWO men were rescued from a first-floor flat in Hayes in a suspected arson attack last week.
Emergency 999 fire brigade control officers stayed on the phone to one of the trapped men until firefighters arrived at the maisonette, in Stratford Road, on Thursday morning last week.
They gave him “vital survival advice” and helped him calm down by telling him to put blankets by the door and open a window.
Around half of the first floor of the maisonette was damaged by the fire and the roof slight damage.
Police were called by the London Fire Brigade at around 5.15am and requested police assistance as they believed it to be suspicious.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We arrested a 20-year-old man inside the property on suspicion of arson.
“London Ambulance Service also attended and the suspect along with a 42-year-old man were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.”
London Fire Brigade watch manager Paul Alden, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the
suffered front of the building and rescued one man from inside the maisonette using an internal staircase.
“Fire crews used a ladder at the back and brought the other man from the window ledge down to safety.
“After the two men had been rescued, the fire was quickly brought under control.”
Three fire engines and 14 firefighters and officers from Southall and Hillingdon fire stations attended the incident. The brigade was called at 3.50am and the fire was under control within an hour. The cause of the fire is under investigation by LFB and detectives from Hillingdon CID.
n DAMAGE: The maisonette on Stratford Road which was set alight last week