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Thursday, 15 November 2007, 16:59 GMT
Cause of flat fire 'suspicious'

Police say they are treating as suspicious a fire at a flat from which seven people were rescued.

The occupants, including a young baby, were all led to safety down ladders by firefighters from the property in Church Street, Blackpool.

A cat and a dog were also rescued from the property when the blaze was reported early on Thursday.

A Lancashire police spokeswoman said officers were looking into whether it was started deliberately.

Detectives have visited the scene to carry out investigations