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Man charged with arson following fire at block of flats

The incident took place at St Peter’s Court – Photo: Lowestoft South Fire Station

A 24 year old man has been charged in connection with a fire at a block of flats in Lowestoft on Monday.

Police and the fire service were called shortly after 9.45pm on Monday 9th August following reports that a bike storage area was alight under a block of flats in Chapel Street.

Fire crews attended and extinguished the fire which caused damage to the building and the electrics.

Residents were evacuated as a precaution, but they were allowed back into their homes shortly after 1am on Tuesday 10 August. No one sustained any injuries as a result of the fire.

Following a number of enquiries, officers arrested a man on suspicion of arson during the early hours of yesterday morning, Tuesday 10 August. He was taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Lee Lawrence, 24, of Jacobs Street, was subsequently charged with arson with intent to endanger life and possession of a Class C drug.

He appeared before Norwich Magistrates’ Court today, Wednesday 11th August, where he was remanded until a next hearing to be held on Wednesday 8th September.

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