Woman held over suspected arson at St Austell housing complex

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire forced the evacuation of a sheltered housing complex in Cornwall.

A number of elderly people were led to safety from properties in Sylvan Close, St Austell, on Monday.

The fire was discovered by police at about 17:20 GMT, in property 32.

Paramedics treated residents for smoke inhalation at the scene, but no-one was injured, a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said.

The occupant of number 32 was later found safe and well nearby, police added.

During the incident, some of the residents sheltered at the Tregonissey War Memorial Social Club in St Austell.

Sylvan Close is managed by property group, Ocean Housing.

No-one from the management company was available to comment.

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