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Headington flat fire forces man to leap from window

Headington fire
Image caption The blaze, which started in rubbish outside, spread to nearby properties

A man had to jump to safety from a first-floor window after he was woken by a fire which engulfed a block of flats.

He leapt from the window at Colemans Hill, Headington, in his pyjamas after the blaze broke out in a bin store at about 17:00 GMT on Sunday.

Three others were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke after a number of flats were evacuated.

Thames Valley Police said it was treating the fire as arson.

At its height, 20 fire engines were involved in tackling the blaze, which took nearly four hours to bring under control.

Image caption A number of homes suffered smoke damage in the fire

Some residents have been moved to temporary accommodation following the fire.

Det Con Christopher Gulvin said police were treating the fire as "suspicious" while they worked with the fire service to establish the cause.

"We are particularly keen to talk to a man who called the fire service to say the fire was nothing to do with him. He did not leave a name," he said.

"Someone could easily have been killed in this fire and so I urge anyone with any information to get in touch with police immediately."

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