Man arrested over Hull house 'arson'

The damaged house
Image caption The occupants escaped through a window

A man is being questioned over a suspected arson attack on a house in Hull which had five people inside.

Police were called to the house in Hereford Street after the fire broke out at 0400 BST on Thursday.

The occupants, including a heavily pregnant woman, escaped from the house and were treated in hospital for the effects of smoke inhalation.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger lives and is in custody.

Two men, aged 19 and 24, were also arrested but have been released without charge.

'Desperate screaming'

Neighbour Catherine Hill was woken by the fire.

She said: "I woke up because there was a noise going on and I could hear desperate screaming and I jumped out of bed and looked out the window... and when I looked across the road I could see the fire going up the walls just in front of the door and this young girl shouting 'I can't get out'.

Humberside Police and the fire service were investigating the cause of the fire.

Peter Baron, from the fire service, said the occupants of the house were alerted to the fire by neighbours.

He said: "The fire caught hold very very quickly and the occupants were very lucky to be alerted by neighbours.

"Unfortunately within the property they did not have a smoke alarm and they were very lucky to escape through a rear window."

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