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We received a report of a fire in Greenwood, Beaufort Road, Newport, at around 11.05pm on Saturday 23 April.
Officers attended, along with firefighters from the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, to assist with traffic management and public safety.
Following a joint investigation by Gwent Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, we’ve launched an arson investigation after the cause of the fire was deemed to be deliberate.
A 45-year-old man from Newport was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.
He was later charged with this offence and arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.
He was remanded to appear at Newport Magistrates Court on Monday 25 April.
Chief Superintendent Tom Harding said:
“Fortunately, no injuries were reported as a result of the fire, which was quickly extinguished by firefighters.
“Following reports of the fire, our officers swiftly attended to reassure members of the community and begin our investigation.
“As our investigation continues, residents in Beaufort Road will see extra officers on patrol, and we encourage you to speak directly to them if you have any concern.
“We’re working closely with Newport City Homes, the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and other partners to ensure the safety of those living in the area.
“If you happen to have CCTV or dashcam footage, or you were in the area between 10.30pm and 11.30pm, you may have information that could assist our enquiry.
“Anyone who is found to deliberately start a fire, which can cause people to lose their lives and significant destruction and damage to people’s livelihoods, will be prosecuted.”
You can call us on 101 or send us a direct message on social media with any information, quoting log reference 2200134410.
Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with details.
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