Police investigate arson attack fire in Sutton Hill

Police in Telford are investigating following a suspicious house fire in Sutton Hill. The incident occurred sometime between 12pm and 1pm on Tuesday 31st January 2012, at an address on Spring Meadow, Sutton Hill, Telford.

The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, which was discovered by a neighbour who smelt smoke.

Fire investigators are working with scenes of crime officers as it appears that a fire was started deliberately in an upstairs bedroom.

It was discovered that the property only had one smoke detector, which was not functioning as it didn’t have any batteries fitted.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are again advising people to check that they have at least two smoke detectors fitted to their properties and that they check the batteries are working by regularly testing the alarms.

The warning follows a fatal house fire in Market Drayton last month, where despite a smoke alarm being fitted, no batteries were found inside the alarms.

Police Officers investigating this fire are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about how the fire started, or who may know of any reason why the property was targeted. In the past the house has suffered criminal damage and therefore police are keen to establish whether this fire is linked to any previous incidents.

2nd February, 2012