Man arrested as police investigate cause of overnight Corby blaze

The block of flats in Browning Walk, Corby, where police are investigating the cause of a fire. NNL-140829-095925001
The block of flats in Browning Walk, Corby, where police are investigating the cause of a fire. NNL-140829-095925001

A man has been arrested after a suspicious fire at a block of flats in Corby early this morning (Friday, August 29).

Police announced this afternoon a 49-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the blaze in a ground-floor flat in Browning Walk on the town’s Poet’s Estate.

Officers are not currently linking the fire with any others in the Corby area and believe it is an isolated incident.

Five people had to be led to safety through a smoke-logged stairwell when the fire broke out.

Two fire crews from Corby were called to the scene at 1.34am and when they arrived, they called for help from crews from other fire stations. They went into the block using breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera.

A neighbour who did not wish to be named said: “It was terrifying to watch. We are all very angry this morning at the thought that this could be deliberate.

“There could have been people killed.”

“There was severe damage to a hallway and door to one of the flats, and the rest were smoke-logged. There were no serious injuries.

Police officers were still guarding the door to the flats this morning. A broken window could be seen next to the blackened door.

A Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Spokesman said: “At 1.34am we were called to reports of a fire in a stairwell in a block of flats.

“Two crews from Corby attended and on investigation, requested assistance.

“Further appliances from Kettering and Uppingham attended.

“Five people were led to safety.”

Police have appealed for help from witnesses. A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “Officers were called to a property in Browning Walk, Corby, at about 1.45am following reports of a fire in a block of flats.

“One of the flats was significantly damaged and the others were smoke damaged.

“Officers helped evacuate residents from the block and fortunately nobody was seriously injured.

“We would appeal for anyone with any information about the incident to call us either on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”