Ashford residents moved from flats after fire

Residents evacuated from a blazing block of flats in Surrey have been given temporary accommodation while the cause of the fire is investigated.

Four children were among 26 people evacuated from Lud Lodge in London Road, Ashford, at about 0030 BST. They were initially taken to a nearby shop.

Residents were later escorted back home to collect belongings before being taken to temporary accommodation.

A 16-year-old boy from Ashford has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Electricity cupboard

A 25-year-old man received a minor injury to his left hand after jumping from a first-floor window.

Surrey Police said the fire, believed to have started in an electricity cupboard near the back door of the flats, was being treated as suspicious.

It caused damage estimated at £5,000.

"We need to establish why this fire started so I would like to ask any members of the public who saw anything suspicious in the area over the past couple of days to contact me with information," said Det Con David Thomas.

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