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Suspicious fire in York


4:12pm 3rd April 2012

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a suspicious fire in York.

Officers were alerted by the fire service at around 4pm on Monday 2nd April 2012 after a flat caught fire on Thoresby Road in the Acomb area of the city.

Police believe that the blaze was started deliberately and are appealing to anyone with any information to come forward.

Officers are particularly keen to trace a man who was seen running away from the scene of the fire just after the incident occurred. He appeared to have soot on his face and was spotted heading onto St Stephens Road and then turning left onto Cornlands Road.

Acting Detective Sergeant Fionna McEwan, of York CID, said:

“Fortunately nobody was injured in this incident, however deliberately starting a fire is a serious offence and we need to find out who is responsible.

“A man was seen running away from the scene of the incident and I am appealing to anyone who can help to identify him to contact the police or Crimestoppers with information.

“If you saw the man or have any information that can help the investigation please get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Fionna McEwan or York CID.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 12120052457.

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