Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information following an arson in Watford.
Police were called to Adams Court, Cezanne Road, at around 9.50pm last night to reports of a fire. Officers attended, alongside the fire service.
A number of properties were evacuated whilst the emergency services worked to extinguish the fire and establish where it had originated.
It was later established that the fire, which is believed to be deliberate at this time, was set in the communal area of a block of flats. A scene guard was put in place, and officers remained at the address overnight.
One person was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. No one sustained any serious injuries.
Detective Constable Julie Vint, who is investigating, said: “We appreciate that this incident will understandably cause a great deal of concern among the local community. Our officers remain in the area to provide reassurance.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have any information about the fire to please get in contact as soon as possible. Any information, even something that may seem relatively minor or insignificant, could be key to progressing our investigation.”
Chief Inspector for Watford Diane Whiteside said: “I know that this will undoubtedly cause alarm among Watford residents, particularly due to the recent arson at Abbey View. These are not being treated as linked.
“This kind of mindless behaviour could have fatal and devastating consequences and anyone found to be involved will be dealt with robustly. Putting lives at risk is completely unacceptable and I’m saddened that this has once again happened within our community. We are working alongside the fire service, partner agencies and the housing association to conduct an extensive investigation into the cause of this fire.
“There will be an increased policing presence in the area over the coming days, with high visibility patrols, and we are looking to hold a community engagement event towards the end of this week to give residents the opportunity to speak to officers and partner organisations about any concerns they may have.”
Information can also be reported online at the Hertfordshire Constabulary website, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat or by calling the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/61531/22.
Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form.