Rough sleepers may have started house fire

PUBLISHED: 12:46 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

ROUGH sleepers may have started a fire in a derelict building in St Albans city centre on Wednesday evening. Firefighters were called to Catherine Street at around 9.15pm to find large amounts of smoke coming from a house near the junction with Etna Road.

ROUGH sleepers may have started a fire in a derelict building in St Albans city centre on Wednesday evening.

Firefighters were called to Catherine Street at around 9.15pm to find large amounts of smoke coming from a house near the junction with Etna Road.

The crew from St Albans were initially investigating the possibility that the fire had been started by two homeless people who had built a fire in the fireplace of the property in order to keep warm. There were concerns that the blaze would spread but it was put out within half-an-hour.

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