Two arrested in arson probe

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TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire broke out in a block of flats.

Police believe the men, aged 34 and 28, had been drinking and had been involved in a dispute before some towels were set alight.

Fire crews from St Annes fire station were called to the property on Fairhaven Road, St Annes, just before midnight on Saturday.

The pair were arrested on suspicion of arson and later released on police bail until January 23.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Both men have been bailed pending further inquiries.

“A police investigation continues.”

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said there were initially concerns that people were trapped inside the property but when firefighters searched the flats, everyone was accounted for.

A bucket of water was used to put the fire out while a ventilation unit cleared smoke from the flats.

The fire destroyed the towels and there was also damage to a small section of a bannister rail.