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Women trapped in Nottingham house after fire started ‘through the letterbox’

A senior detective has issued a stern warning after a report of arson.

Two women were left trapped after a fire was started through the letterbox of a house in Player Street in Radford at around 10pm last night.

Crews from Stockhill and London Road Fire Station attended and extinguished the blaze and the woman was unharmed.

Detectives have launched an investigation into the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Waldram has stressed how dangerous fires can be and has warned criminals of the potential penalties for arson.

Det Ch Insp Waldram said: “Fire can very quickly spread out of control and have a destructive and dangerous impact on local communities.

“By deliberately igniting a building, you are putting life at risk – there are no two ways about it. The consequence of that for offenders is a lengthy jail sentence.

“It is shocking to think that people would be so reckless as to put lives at risk in this way.

“For the women involved in the incident in Radford, it must have been a terrifying experience and it is lucky that they were unhamed.

“An investigation is underway to establish what happened and to find those responsible. I would urge anyone who has any information to get in touch.

“Anything you have, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, may go a long way to helping us find who did these incidents.”

Station Manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Tom Clark, said: “On arrival at this incident crews found a female stranded on the first floor roof and another female trapped in a room upstairs at the property.

“Crews rescued both females and extinguished the fire.

“I would like to praise our control staff who gave fire survival advice to the occupants and the prompt arrival and action of our crew.

“We support our Police colleagues when it comes to such acts of arson. We are and will continue to work with Nottinghamshire Police in investigating this incident to establish what exactly happened.

“We would like to urge people to test their smoke alarms in their property, and ensure they have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of their house.”

Anyone who has any information about the fire should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 895 of 24 June 2021

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