Dorset

Four children trapped in arson at Bournemouth flat

A boy and three girls became trapped in a top floor flat in Bournemouth when a sofa was pushed against a door and set alight.

Emergency crews were called to the fire at a block of flats on Malmesbury Park Road, in the Charminster area, in the early hours of Saturday.

The fire spread to a wooden communal door and the children had to be rescued by firefighters. No-one was injured.

Dorset Police said it was "clearly a very lucky escape".

A spokesman said "significant" damage was caused to the downstairs door and a ground floor window.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.

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