Man arrested for arson and intent to endanger life after tower block fire injures 6 people

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A fire ripped through the ground floor of the Eccleston House tower block, in Barton Hill

A man has been arrested and is in police custody following a fire which led to people being evacuated from a block of flats in Bristol today (October 20).

Emergency services were called to Eccleston House, Aiken Street, just after 6am, where three residents were treated at the scene and another three sent to hospital with injuries.

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A police spokeperson said: “We’re grateful to the community for their support for the displaced residents, with rest centres at Tawfiq Masjid and Centre and St Patrick’s Catholic Church. Bristol City Council-led teams are working to help residents with welfare, care and accommodation needs.

“Avon Fire & Rescue Service have confirmed the fire was started deliberately. This afternoon a man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.”

Enquiries continue. Anyone with information which could help the police investigation is asked to call 101 and give the reference 5222252558.