Man arrested on suspicion of arson following Invicta House fire

Police have arrested a man in connection with the fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a flat fire at Invicta House in Margate last night (June 13).

Fire crews were called to the first floor blaze in the Millmead Road block at 7pm

Four engines were in attendance and spent an hour dealing with the incident. The flat below suffered water damage due to the incident.

Kent Police confirmed officers had also been called to the scene.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police received a report of a fire in a property in Millmead Road in Margate at 7.08pm on Wednesday 13 June and attended the scene with crews from the Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

“Officers are treating the fire as suspicious and have arrested a man from Margate.

“The 22-year-old remains in police custody as enquiries continue.”

The block was victim to three arson attacks in April. A 38-year-old man from Margate was arrested on suspicion of arson on Tuesday, April 3 in connection with the incident.

He was released pending further investigation.

Photo Reece Chess

East Kent Housing, which manages the block, also increased security patrols at the building.

During the third blaze some families were unable to get out of their flats. The incident resulted in extensive damage (pictured above).

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  1. Intelligent Sprinklers should be fitted in flats of tower blocks. Only the flats where a fire starts would switch the sprinklers on so it is distinguished before having the chance to spread. The authorities responsible should be made to fit them for Health and Safety reasons.
    It is one year ago today Grenfell Tower was destroyed along with the loss of 70 odd people all through the mismanagement of those responsible for the upkeep of the housing stock and the flimsy standards of workmanship and cladding. Sprinklers need to be a must in tower blocks where residents make it their home.

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