Two women arrested after Cleveleys care home fire

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Cleveleys Park Rest Home
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Police said the fire was started deliberately

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a care home fire which left an elderly woman critically injured.

The 96-year-old suffered serious burns and five other residents were injured at the Cleveleys Park Rest Home, Cleveleys, on Monday night.

Lancashire Police said the fire on Monday night was started deliberately.

Firefighters rescued five of the victims and five others were led to safety shortly before crews arrived.

A number of other residents and staff were treated in a nearby church hall for more minor injuries.

The 96-year-old victim remains in a critical condition in hospital.

A 27-year-old woman and a girl, aged 17, both from Cleveleys, were arrested on Tuesday night.

Det Supt Neil Esseen, of the Major Investigation Team, said: "Working in conjunction with the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, we have carried out an examination of the scene and have concluded that the cause of the fire was deliberate ignition.

"Our investigation will now focus on who started the fire and we have two people in custody assisting us with our inquiries."

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