A man has been arrested after being removed from a Stoke-on-Trent house that was set on fire earlier this afternoon.
The man, in his 50s, has been taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital following a house fire in Park Hall Avenue, Weston Coyney just after 1.45pm.
Three police officers who attempted to remove a male from the property have also been treated on the scene with the effects of smoke inhalation.
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A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A man has been arrested following a house fire in Park Hall Avenue, Weston Coyney.
“Police attended the scene at approximately 1.45pm this afternoon with three officers suffering mild smoke inhalation after removing a man from the property.
“The man, in his 50s, was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, and has been taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for treatment.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed two crews attended the scene and an investigation is now underway.
A spokesman said: “Crews from Longton and Hanley attended a house fire in Park Hall Avenue, Weston Coyney, this afternoon (Friday 5 June).
“They used one hose reel jet and two breathing apparatus to extinguish the blaze. Positive pressure ventilation took place to clear the property of smoke. An investigation to determine the cause is underway.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by colleagues from the fire service at 1.49pm to reports of a fire at a property in Park Hall Avenue.
“We sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.
“We assesed three police officers and took a patient to Royal Stoke for further checks.”