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Hastings Old Town blaze under investigation as arson

Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance following an incident of arson at a premises located in Hastings Old Town. Police have launched an investigation into the deliberate ignition that occurred in the early hours of Friday.

Emergency services swiftly responded to the distress call, converging on High Street to combat the flames. The swift action of the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service successfully extinguished the fire, preventing further damage to the affected property.

Sadly, a 38-year-old local resident was caught in the blaze and subsequently transported to the hospital for treatment due to smoke inhalation. Thankfully, he has since been released after receiving medical attention.

Detective Inspector Sophie McGarel emphasized the significance of gathering information from potential witnesses or individuals who were in the vicinity of the High Street and seafront during the overnight period from Thursday, May 25 to Friday, May 26. Their accounts could prove vital to unraveling the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“We are treating this fire as a deliberate act of arson,” stated DI Sophie McGarel. “If you noticed anything suspicious in the area or possess any information that could aid our investigation, we urge you to come forward and report it to us.”

Reports can be submitted to Sussex Police through their online platform or by dialing 101 and referencing serial number 13 dated May 26, 2023. For those who prefer to maintain anonymity, CrimeStoppers offers an alternative method of contact at 0800 555 111.

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