A man in his seventies has been arrested after a house was completely destroyed in a fire this morning.

Police and the fire brigade were called to a home in Hillingdon Close, Aylesbury, this morning (Wednesday) just before 2am where they found a two-storey mid-terrace house completely ablaze.

Due to the size and scale of the fire, residents in nearby homes were forced to evacuate for their own safety. Those who evacuated have since been able to return to their homes.

A 71-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He remains in police custody.

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Fortunately, no people were injured in the fire.

A police scene watch remains in place at the property, which was "100 per cent" fire damaged in the blaze, and there will be an increased police presence in the area while officers carry out inquiries.

A total of six fire engines were dispatched to the scene to deal with the fire, two from Aylesbury, three from Oxfordshire, and one from Amersham as well as a command support unit from Oxfordshire.

The house on fire was completely destroyed in the blaze, and the two neighbouring properties were also badly affected by smoke and water damage.

Police have appealed for any witnesses with information about the incident to call 101 or to visit the Thames Valley Police website using the reference 43220179813.

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