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Milton Keynes: Arson probe after seven escape fire

Fire-damaged house
Image caption Seven people escaped from the house in Two Mile Ash

A house fire in Milton Keynes, from which seven people escaped, is being investigated as possible arson.

The fire on Saturday afternoon destroyed most of the detached house in The Approach, Two Mile Ash, along with several vehicles outside.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said all seven people inside the house got out safely.

Police have cordoned off the house and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Firefighters, police and the ambulance service were called to the house at about 15:45 BST on Saturday.

The fire spread quickly through the two-storey building, damaging the roof, ground and first floors of the house, along with cars parked on the driveway.

Group manager Ian Taylor, one of the officers who attended, said: "Following a large number of 999 calls, it was established that seven people were in the building at the time of the fire.

"All seven who evacuated the premises did so from both ground and first floors without injury as smoke detection was present."

Cordoned off

Firefighters brought the blaze under control within an hour.

Volunteers from the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service attended to support the occupants.

Thames Valley Police are investigating the fire and said arson could not be ruled out.

Det Insp Phil Hayes said: "The property is currently cordoned off and is likely to remain so for the next couple of days while enquiries are being made.

"The initial response involved some road closures in the area which have now been lifted.

"If anyone has information which may assist our investigation, we would encourage them to come forward."

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