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Arson arrest after house fire in Square Hill Road, Maidstone

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a house fire in the early house of this morning.

Police, fire crews and paramedics were called to Square Hill Road, Maidstone, just after 12.30am to reports of a blaze in an upstairs bedroom of a two-storey property.

Smoke can be seen billowing from the building
Smoke can be seen billowing from the building
Police and fire crews were called to Square Hill Road in Maidstone
Police and fire crews were called to Square Hill Road in Maidstone

Witnesses reported hearing a huge bang as a window smashed and saw a small number of neighbours, including a mother carrying a young child, fleeing from their nearby homes.

Two fire engines attended and crews rescued a man from the building before handing him over to paramedics for smoke inhalation treatment.

A 25-year-old man from the Maidstone area was arrested on suspicion of arson and assaulting a police officer.

Police and fire crews were called to Square Hill Road in Maidstone
Police and fire crews were called to Square Hill Road in Maidstone

He remains in police custody while the investigation continues.

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