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Man arrested after fire at block of flats in Bristol

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A man has been arrested and is in police custody following a fire which led to people being evacuated from a block of flats in Bristol today, Thursday 20 October.

Emergency services were called to Eccleston House, Aiken Street, just after 6am.

We’re grateful to the community for their support for the displaced residents, with rest centres at Tawfiq Masjid and Centre and St Patrick’s Catholic Church. Bristol City Council-led teams are working to help residents with welfare, care and accommodation needs.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service have confirmed the fire was started deliberately. This afternoon a man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Enquiries continue. Anyone with information which could help the police investigation is asked to call 101 and give the reference 5222252558.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222252558, or complete our online appeals form.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.