TWO men have been arrested as part of a police investigation into a house fire.

The force joined fire crews at the scene of the blaze in Chiltern Drive, Hastings, shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday.

The fire was extinguished and no one was hurt.

But officers launched an investigation into the incident, arresting a man on suspicion of arson later that night.

He was also detained on suspicion of false imprisonment, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A second man was arrested on Sunday morning at Quantock Gardens in Hastings on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, false imprisonment, possessing a firearm without a certificate, and common assault.

Both men remain in custody at this time.

Sergeant Brett White of the Hastings and Rother Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We understand how an incident of this nature can be very concerning for those living in the area, but I would like to reassure our community that this is something we are taking very seriously.

“Our officers will be carrying out high-visibility patrols in the area to identify and deter any criminal activity.

“The investigation is ongoing, and people living in the area can expect to see an increased police presence while we continue our enquiries.

“This incident has involved people known to each other, and we would encourage anyone who has any further information about what’s happened to get in touch.”

People who can help police with their investigation are being urged to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Stoddard.

Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.