Monday, 17 December 2018

Fire not arson but Police seek information

A FIRE at a house in Henley is no longer being treated as arson

A FIRE at a house in Henley is no longer being treated as arson.

The blaze destroyed half the roof of a 19th century property at Fair Mile cemetery on Monday.

About 40 firefighters were called to the incident after a member of the public raised the alarm at about 9.15am.

Police said on Tuesday that they were treating the incident as suspected arson but today said they had now ruled out this theory after further investigation.

Mark Ames, a fire investigation officer, said the fire was likely to have been started by combustible material near a light bulb in a first floor dressing room.

Police are still appealing for witnesses.

Dc Ollie Norridge: ?Luckily the property was empty and no one was injured. I am keen to speak to those who helped raised the alarm in response to the fire and anyone who was in the area around 9am, maybe travelling to work, and who saw this fire.

?We are investigating the cause of the fire and any detail, no matter how small, will help establish what happened.?

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