Two men arrested in flat arson probe

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POLICE and fire officers investigating a suspected arson attack which gutted a central Blackpool flat have arrested two men.

The blaze broke out in the lounge of a flat above the Thamasha restaurant, on Dickson Road, just before midnight on Sunday.

It took four fire crews around three hours to deal with the inferno, which destroyed one flat and badly damaged the other three in the block.

Police have confirmed they had arrested two local men – one aged 26 and the other 32 – on suspicion of arson recklessly endangering life.

Andrew Jones, crew manager at Blackpool Fire Station, said: "We conducted a thorough search of the building when we arrived and established there was nobody in the premises before firefighters battled the blaze."

Four sets of breathing apparatus were used by firefighters checking no-one was inside and fighting the fire.

Firefighters also used an aerial ladder platform to check the fire hadn't spread to any adjacent buildings and spent several hours dampening the area down following the blaze.

Crew manager Jones said, despite the damage to the four flats, there was no damage to the restaurant downstairs.

Police officers could be seen conducting their investigations into the blaze yesterday.

The pavement outside the restaurant - which is opposite Funny Girls nightclub – was sealed off along the whole block yesterday morning, but the police cordon was reduced to allow shoppers and staff to access nearby businesses.