Humberside

Six homes evacuated in Bransholme arson attack

The scene of the fire
Image caption Police are examining CCTV of the area

A fire on a Hull council estate, which led to six properties being evacuated, is being treated as arson.

Firefighters were called to Blisland Close in Bransholme, at about 0020 BST, after a bin shed was set alight and the fire spread to neighbouring houses.

Humberside Police said no-one was hurt during the incident but residents had been temporarily re-homed.

Councillor Phil Webster said some residents were not insured.

Mr Webster said: "They are absolutely distraught, all you can do is feel for them.

"Only 40% of the people on this row are actually insured, the other people have lost everything.

"They've got to be absolutely devastated. They [have] absolutely nothing in the world left."

Police said they were looking at CCTV of the area and were carrying out house-to-house inquiries.

The fire service said the house where the fire started was fitted with a working smoke alarm, which alerted the family.

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