West Midlands blaze: Man arrested amid investigation into flat fire


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A man has been arrested after a teenage mother and her baby were rescued from a flat fire.

The 18-year-old woman and her three-month-old child were saved from the blaze above a post office in Elm Terrace, Tividale, West Midlands, by firefighters at around 4am.

The pair were not injured but the young child was taken to hospital to be checked over as a precaution. Minor smoke damage was caused to the flat.

West Midlands Police officers believe the fire was started deliberately and have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

He will be questioned by detectives later.

Inspector Pete Rowe, from West Bromwich Police, said: "This was a serious incident that could have had really tragic consequences.

"Fortunately the fire service were contacted in time and were able to safely evacuate the occupants and extinguish the fire before anyone was hurt.

"An investigation to determine the exact cause of the fire is continuing this morning and we would ask anyone with information about what happened to contact us immediately."

Anyone with any information about what happened should contact police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.