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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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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.

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