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Oxfordshire building fire 'reignites in strong winds'

One of the buildings that police believe was targeted by in an arson attack overnight has burst back into flames after strong winds fanned the dying embers of last night's blaze.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports that fire crews have returned to tackle the fire and has tweeted this image from the scene.

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Red Cross offering support after Oxfordshire fires

The British Red Cross has said its volunteers are offering "practical and emotional support" following a devastating spate of suspected arson attacks in Oxfordshire.

Around 30 residents in Roke Marsh have been evacuated to a nearby village hall as the police and fire service investigate.

Resident saw 'flames getting higher and higher'

Eyewitness Ian Negus has described seeing "30-40ft flames" coming from the South Oxfordshire Council building.

Ian Augus describing the scene of the council building blaze to ITV News. Credit: ITV News

"I could hear popping, cracking and hissing," Mr Augus told ITV News.

"There was 30-40ft flames getting higher and higher, I just could not believe it.

"The centre of the building was on fire."

Aerial footage has revealed the extent of the damage to the building.

Resident describes 'horrific scene' after cottage fire

A resident evacuated from his property in South Oxfordshire following a suspected arson attack has described the "horrific" scene.

Simon Williams speaking to ITV News. Credit: ITV News

Simon Williams was among 30 people who were evacuated from nearby properties in Roke Marsh following a fire at a thatched cottage.

He told ITV News: "There was flames flying over the fence, and embers flying into the garden and onto our property.

"There were strong winds in the middle of the night so it was absolutely horrific."

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Police: 80-year-old woman inside house during fire

An 80-year-old woman was inside a thatched house in Oxfordshire when it burst into flames.

Superintendent Andy Boyd (centre) addressing the media. Credit: ITV News

The elderly woman managed to get out of the house safely and is now helping police with their inquiries, Thames Valley Police said.

Police believe the fire is linked to two other suspected arson attacks at a council building and funeral parlour.

A 47-year-old local man has been arrested.

Funeral home owner: Business was mistakenly targeted

The co-owner of a funeral home says he believes his business was the victim of "mistaken identity", after it was targeted in a spate of suspected arson attacks.

They probably thought the home was a gatehouse to the council.

I've got no idea why they set fire to the council building.

– Alistair Cox, from Chadwick Howard Funeral Service

Sandra Chadwick, a partner at the funeral home, said the business had been unaffected by the blaze, which only damaged its offices.

I can confirm, though, that no funerals have been cancelled and no bodies of the deceased have been damaged.

– Sandra Chadwick
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