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'Suspicious' fire at block of flats in Milton Keynes

  • 7-3-2012

A man was taken to hospital and 12 other people treated by paramedics after a "suspicious" fire at a block of flats in Milton Keynes.

About 50 firefighters were called to The Gables in St Georges Way, Wolverton, shortly after 01:00 BST.

The fire had started outside a flat on the seventh floor and caused smoke to fill the stairwell and lobby.

The 13 people, including three children, had suffered the effects of breathing in smoke.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service group manager Dave Norris said: "We worked closely with Thames Valley Police and South Central Ambulance Service to ensure that everyone received help.

"The fire is currently being treated as suspicious and we are now investigating so that we can confirm the cause."

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