Update: Police treating fire at flats as arson

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Police are treating a flat fire in Bury St Edmunds over the weekend as arson.

Firefighters rescued two people from a roof and led another five to safety after being called to the fire on Glastonbury Road just before 3.30am on Saturday morning.

The fire occured in the ground floor hallway that led to flats above shops including a bakery and the Best One Shop.

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Three fire crews from Bury St Edmunds were mobilised to a flat fire.

“Smoke in the hallway of the flats prevented the occupants from leaving through the main door, however, the caller informed Control that they had escaped to the roof at the rear of the two storey building.

“On arrival, two people were rescued from the roof, and a further five people were led to safety.

“The incident was under control at 04:18am.

A police spokesman confirmed the fire was was being treated as an arson.

Vijay Muthulingam, manager of the Best One Stop, who lives in one of the flats above the scene of the fire, said: “I think everyone was fine, it was a lucky escape.

“Until the firemen came knocking on my door we didn’t realise what was happening - it was a huge surprise.

“I had smelt some smoke but thought it was just from the bakery under the flats.

“When we opened the door to the firemen there was smoke coming from the ground floor.

“We had fire, ambulance and police dealing with it - they did a really good job and got here very quickly.

“There were five people in my flat - me, my partner and three friends who were staying over.

“There was a lot of smoke but no flames, I think the firemen had put out the fire by the time we got out.

“It was pretty scary but could have been a lot worse.

“If t firemen hadn’t have come and the fire had got worse we would have been trapped upstairs and would have had to jump out of the window.”