Wiltshire

Two arrested after fire at house in Swindon

Two teenagers have been arrested after paper is thought to have been pushed through a letterbox in Wiltshire and set alight.

Police said a family were at home in Swindon on Sunday when they heard a knock and the fire alarm activated.

One occupant found the hallway on fire and got the others out through the back door.

A 17-year-old youth and a 14-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, and released on bail.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said firefighters had extinguished the blaze and nobody was injured.

He said initial inquiries indicated that the probable cause was burning paper or something similar causing a heavy lace curtain to ignite.

It happened at about 1820 BST on Kirkstall Close in the Toothill area of the town. The force is appealing for witnesses.

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