Firefighters were called out to deal with an arson attack at a block of flats in Market Harborough this morning for the second time in ten weeks.
Two fire crews from Market Harborough were called to the 24-bed, two-storey Farndon Court flats, in Farndon Road, at about 7.30am today (Thursday).
One scared resident told the Mail: “The corridors were full of thick, black smoke.”
An arsonist had set fire to a bin cupboard store containing two black-and-blue recycling bins and a £300 bicycle.
They were burnt ‘down to the wheels’, said the resident.
There is only a breeze-block wall separating the store and a ground-floor flat.
Harborough Police were also called and have taken statements from witnesses and photographs of the burnt-out scene.
Because of the early morning nature of the attack, many people were still asleep at the time, said the eyewitness, who has lived in the flats for many years.
She said it was lucky the fire had been spotted by a resident.
The 999 emergency call came in via the Lifeline red cord system which links to Harborough District Council’s emergency room at Clover Court.
A control room operator at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed to the Mail that the call came in a 7.21am.
Two fire crews from Market Harborough were on the scene by 7.30am.
They used one hose reel, two breathing apparatus and a covering jet while tackling the flames. The ‘stop message’ came at 7.43am.
It follows a similar arson attacks at the same block of flats from December 8 last year.
In that instance, an arsonist set fire to a bin shed at 1.46am.
Story by Alex Blackwell
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