Police issue update on suspected arson after man was treated in hospital

Police have released an update on a house fire after emergency services were called to a property in the village of Cropston. The incident warranted a heavy police presence in Cropston Road on Monday June 6.

When emergency crews arrived, one person was inside the property, Leicestershire Police said. A man was taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.

A force spokesperson confirmed that his injuries were not critical at the time. The road was closed as the incident was dealt with and after initial inquiries it was believed the fire may have been started deliberately, LeicestershireLive previously reported.

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A 51-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of arson. However, an investigation into the fire after the arrest confirmed that the cause was accidental and no further action was taken.

A spokesman for the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘An investigation into the fire was completed at 2.35pm on June 6 and it was concluded that it was accidental due to smoking products found on the property.”

In an update, a police spokesperson said: “Following investigations into the scene of a house fire in Cropston Road, Cropston on Monday June 6, the fire has been confirmed to be accidental.

“One person was injured in the incident and was treated in hospital. The man arrested in connection with the incident has since been released without further action.”

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