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Police arrest man after inferno at Bexleyheath home leaves two dogs dead

PUBLISHED: 11:26 21 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:20 21 July 2016

Parkside Avenue, where a fire broke out this morning (Thursday, July 21)

Parkside Avenue, where a fire broke out this morning (Thursday, July 21)

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The ground floor was "completely gutted" in the blaze

The ground floor of a terraced house in Parkside Avenue was “completely gutted” by a blaze which started in Bexleyheath this morning (Thursday).

Four fire engines were called to the scene, where firefighters managed to recue a man inside.

Police arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

He has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Two dogs, which were trapped inside a first-floor bedroom, died in the fire.

Watch manager Graham Uttley was at the scene.

He said: “If there had been smoke alarms in the property, it would have alerted the occupant to the fire before it got to such an intensity.

“Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is to have those linked together.

“This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home.”

London Fire Brigade was called at 3.20am and the fire was under control at 4.58am. Crews from Bexley, Erith and Plumstead fire stations attended the scene.

Bexley police officers are investigating.

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