UPDATED: 2 people rescued from fire at block of flats in Dorchester

UPDATED:  2 people rescued from fire at block of flats in Dorchester

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:01am 29th June 2020. (Updated at 12:31pm 29th June 2020)

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire in a block of flats in Dorchester this morning (29 June).

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to the five storey building on Bitter End at 4.02am, after multiple reports of a fire in a communal area on the second floor.

8 fire engines were sent to the scene. They included crews from Dorchester , Weymouth, Bere Regis, Maiden Newton, Portland and Bridport, together with the aerial appliance from Weymouth and a support unit from Hamworthy.

Firefighters rescued two people by ladder from a second floor balcony, while two others were led to safety from another flat on the same floor.

The whole building was evacuated as a precaution.

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Four breathing apparatus wearers used two main jets and two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire, which was contained to the affected communal area.

Volunteers from the British Red Cross emergency response team based at Springbourne fire station are attending the scene to support those affected.

All occupants have been accounted for and no injuries are reported.

Detective Constable Kirsty Wilson, of Weymouth CID, said:

"An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the fire, which is believed to have been started deliberately.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity in the area around the relevant time to please get in touch.

"I would also urge anyone with information that may assist my investigation to please come forward."