Cinderford flat fire: Man charged with arson

A man has been charged with arson in connection with a fire at a flat in Gloucestershire.

Matthew Pond, 25, Market Street, Cinderford, is due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court later.

Several people were rescued from the property by the fire service and treated at the scene by paramedics after breathing in smoke.

The fire happened in a flat above a row of shops on Market Street just before 0300 BST on Sunday.

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