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21-year-old arrested following house fire in Carlisle

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Police have arrested a man in connection with a house fire in Carlisle.

Fire and Rescue Services were called to a property on Thomas Street at around 5am this morning.

One of the occupants at the address suffered minor injuries.

Following a joint investigation with the fire service, a 21-year-old man from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

He is currently helping police with their enquiries.

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Two more fires started overnight

Another two nuisance fires have been started in west Cumbria since 8pm last night (11th April).

Two fire engines were called to an incident in New Road, Whitehaven, at around 8pm last night, where around 200 square metres of gorse and grassland was alight.

One fire engine attended a second incident in South End, Wigton, at around 5.30am this morning, where hedgerow had been set on fire.

Anyone with information on either fires is asked to contact police on 101 or Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

Nature reserve fire damage "will take months to repair"

Staff and conservationists at Siddick Ponds Nature Reserve are beginning to assess the damage caused by a large fire on Tuesday night (9th April).

Fire crews spent four hours trying to extinguish the fire at the reserve, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the species that live in its wetlands habitat.

The large reed beds and extensive open waterhabitat attract rare and endangered bird species.

“This is devastating for the nature reserve and it is heartbreaking to see the damage that has been caused.

"It’s nesting season so this is the worst possible time of year for this to happen. We will be looking closely at our bird populations to see what the lasting impacts are.

"The vegetation will regrow and repair itself over time but it is going to take many months before that happens.”

– Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council

1km grass fire near Cleator Moor

Six fire engines attended a grass fire stretching more then one kilometre in length last night (10th April).

Grass and gorse was set on fire at Cobble Hall near Cleator Moor in west Cumbria.

The fire is the latest in a spate of nuisance fires, with the fire service estimating that more than 60 fires have been deliberately started in the past two weeks alone in the county.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service believe the fires are a result of the Easter school holidays, and are urging parents to be extra vigilant.

Below is some footage from the gorse fire at Cobble Hall last night:

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Nature Reserve fire latest in arson attacks

The area is a site of special scientific interest because of the wildlife it supports Credit: ITV News Border

Fire fighters from across west Cumbria attended a wildlife fire last night (9th April) which engulfed the Siddick Pond Nature Reserve.

The Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the species that live in its wetlands habitat.

The fire is being treated as suspicious.

Half of the reed bed has been destroyed Credit: ITV News Border
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