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Arsonists tried to burn down empty Littlehampton house

The Argus: Arsonists tried to burn down empty house Arsonists tried to burn down empty house

Firefighters were called after an attempt was made to torch an empty home.

Crews from Littlehampton and East Preston stations were called to a house in St Winefride’s Road in Littlehampton at 2.15am.

Firefighters said that inside the vandalised property there had been numerous attempts to start a fire with piles of paper on the first and ground floors but only one of the fires was still going when they arrived.

Crews initially responded to a “persons reported” inside the property but when they arrived the house was empty.

Firefighters used two high-pressured hose reels and six crew with breathing apparatus to deal with the incident which was then handed over to police.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “After a search of the area officers arrested five people on suspicion of burglary.

“They are two men aged 24, one man aged 20, one man aged 18 and a 15-year old girl, all from the local area.

“They are currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.”

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