Fire service issue update after residents trapped in arson attack on Leeds student accomodation block

Six people were trapped in a block of student flats during an alleged arson attack, the fire service revealed today (Sunday).

Sunday, 30th August 2020, 11:49 am
Updated Sunday, 30th August 2020, 11:52 am

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescuer Service issued an update after the fire at the block of student flats near Woodhouse.

Police believe the fire was started deliberately and made an arrest on Saturday afternoon, adding that it was "very fortunate" that no one was injured.

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Austin Hall and Asquith House student accommodation (photo: Google).

The fire service this morning confirmed that they had been forced to rescue six residents who were trapped when the fire started.

Some people were trapped by a gate on the fourth floor, while six residents were rescued from the fifth floor, the fire service said.

A full evacuation of the building was then carried out with help of police.

Two fire engines from Leeds, two from Hunslet and an aerial platform from Bradford tackled the fire, along with a fire investigation officer.

A 20-year-old man was arrested in Leeds yesterday afternoon in connection with the incident.


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