Ashington fire 'not suspicious'

A fire that took place at a house in Northumberland is no longer being treated by police as suspicious. A family had to be rescued from their home in Ashington after a wheelie bin fire spread to their house.

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Northumberland fire 'not suspicious'

A fire that took place at a house in Northumberland is no longer being treated by police as suspicious.

The fire, that broke out at a house on Portia Street in Ashington in the early hours of yesterday morning, was initially thought to have been caused by an arson attack.

Police now believe that the cause of the fire was accidental and are no longer investigating the incident.

Two people, who were rescued from the house and taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, have since been released.

Wheelie bin fire spreads to family home

A family were rescued from their home after a wheelie bin fire spread to their house. The fire in Portia Street in Ashington is being treated as arson. An investigation is now underway.

Property damage Credit: ITV
Wheelie bin fire spread to the house Credit: ITV
The family were rescued after the fire spread Credit: ITV
Smoke damage Credit: ITV
Police at the scene Credit: ITV

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Ashington arson investigation

Police are treating a fire in Ashington as arson. Officers believe a wheelie bin was deliberately set on fire before it spread to a house through a window. The family who were inside the house on Portia Street had to be rescued at 3am. They were taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

"This was a distressing incident for the occupants of the house.

"Extra officers will be in the area to both reassure residents and to carry out enquiries into the fire and make sure those who are responsible are apprehended."

– Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce

An investigation is now underway and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Family rescued from home after wheelie bin fire

A family had to be rescued from their home in Ashington after a wheelie bin fire spread to their house in Northumberland.

Police believe that the fire spread through a window after a bin was set alight on Portia Street.

The family were taken to hospital in the early hours of the morning where they were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Neighbouring houses were also evacuated as a precautionary measure.

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