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Man pulled from burning flat in Colchester then arrested for arson

It happened on Ship Wharf early on Saturday morning

Three police officers have been treated for smoke inhalation after rescuing a man from a burning flat in Colchester.

Police were called to Ship Wharf at around 1.35am on Saturday, 9 November to reports of a disturbance.

The officers discovered a flat on fire and, after calling the Fire Service and evacuating the building, entered the burning flat.

They rescued a 41-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of arson after being taken to hospital. The three police officers who helped rescue the man were also treated at hospital for smoke inhalation, though none of their injuries were serious.

District Commander for Colchester, Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston, said: “This was an incredibly dangerous situation for all involved and, as they do on a daily basis, our officers have proved that they’re not afraid to face peril to ensure that members of the public are protected from harm.

“It’s very fortunate that no-one was seriously injured and the officers involved will be back on duty tonight, where they’ll continue to police the streets of Colchester.

“My teams are continuing to work diligently to piece together the circumstances leading up to this morning’s events, and anyone with information is asked to call us on 101."