Nelson house fire update: Man arrested on suspicion of arson

The police and fire services are now treating a fire that started in a mid-terraced house in Nelson in the early hours of this morning as arson.
The police and fire services are now treating a fire that started in a mid-terraced house in Nelson in the early hours of this morning as arson.

Police are treating a house fire that happened earlier today as arson.

A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and arson following a blaze at a Nelson mid-terraced house in the early hours of this morning. He is still in custody while investigations continued.

During the incident, which happened at 2-30 am, a woman climbed through the back window of her house on Napier Street to escape the fire.

Nigel Greenwood, watch manager at Nelson Fire Station, said: “The occupier was upstairs when it happened and climbed through a back window to go to her neighbour’s house to call the fire service.”

He added: “She wasn’t injured and the incident is still under investigation.”

Firemen in two fire engines from Nelson Fire Station spent two and a half hours dealing with the fire which was in the porch and ground floor of the house.

They entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and extinguished the fire using a hose reel and ventilation fan. The front room of the house were severely damaged by heat and smoke and the first floor was also affected by smoke.

A police spokeswoman said: “We were called by the fire service at approximately 2-50 am today to reports of a fire at a property on Napier Street, Nelson.

“Officers attended and found the fire had started in the vestibule area of the house.

“At the time of the fire there was one female in the address, who is not believed to have suffered any injuries.

“A 45-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, arson.

“He remains in police custody and inquiries are ongoing.”