Man arrested after fire at Harpenden flats

PUBLISHED: 11:59 13 January 2011

Leaside Court, Batford. Fire.

Leaside Court, Batford. Fire.

Archant

A MAN who had been threatening to harm himself was rescued from a block of flats on Tuesday evening.

Police were initially called to Leaside Court on Lower Luton Road following reports of a disturbance. They encountered a man believed to be in his 30s inside one of the flats who was thought to be threatening to harm himself.

Residents living in the flats were evacuated as a precaution before police became aware of a fire in the man’s flat and made an emergency entrance.

Crews from St Albans, Harpenden and Wheathampstead were called to the incident and initially had to fight the fire from outside the building with a jet hose. They then entered the building and used high pressure fans to clear the smoke.

The rescued man is not thought to have suffered any serious injuries and was arrested at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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