On Thursday 22nd February, at about 10:30am, a fire started in a flat on the fourth floor of the six storey Victoria Court building in Clifton Road, Worthing.
The scene was afterwards cordoned off, and police are now investigating the blaze. The origins of the fire remain unexplained, and a criminal investigation into the fire’s cause has since been launched.
Four pumps were sent to stop the blaze when it broke out, by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. The fire was put out with no reports of anyone involved being harmed.
Arson is generally defined as the purposeful, malicious burning of property. The crime can vary in type, but is usually classified as a felony due to its high risk of injuries and potentially death.
No conclusive evidence of the Worthing fire’s cause has been found as of yet.
Detective Sergeant Kieran McDonald, of the West Sussex investigations team, said; “We’re asking anyone who may have any relevant information about this incident to contact police online or phone 101, quoting Operation Hornbeam.”
Alternatively, anyone with information about the incident can report it on the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.