Flat Residents Taken To Hospital

15 March 2012, 12:42 | Updated: 15 March 2012, 12:47

Several people have had to have hospital treatment after tyres and pushchairs were set alight in the stairwell of their block of flats in Luton.

Smoke filled four of the flats at The Ridings after the fire was started at 1am on Tuesday 13 March 2012.  The fire caused considerable damage to the walls, stairs and ceilings.

Several people who live in the flats suffered the effects of breathing in smoke and were taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital for treatment, but nobody was seriously injured.

Detective Constable Claire Long from Bedfordshire Police is keen to hear from anyone who was in The Ridings area at the time of the attack and may have seen anything suspicious.

She said: "Thankfully no one has been seriously harmed as a result of this arson attack but there has been a lot of damage to the property.

"We need to catch the person or persons who committed this offence as soon as possible and stop any further serious incidents from occurring.

"I would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of either offence, or from anyone else who may have information - however small or insignificant they think it is  - that could help us."

Anyone with information is asked to call Bedfordshire Police on the non-emergency number 101.  Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.