Man arrested over Taunton house fire

A man has been arrested in connection with a house fire in Somerset.

The 32-year-old man was rescued from the roof of the building by firefighters.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was called to the flat in Dowell Close, Taunton, by a 999 call at around 1600 GMT.

Neighbouring houses were evacuated as the fire crews brought the flames under control but residents were allowed home after an hour.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "A 32-year-old male has been arrested in relation to the incident."

The police said: "One person was trapped on the roof of the building. Crews rescued the man... all persons were accounted for and police and fire investigation were also requested to attend."

Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.