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Flats at risk in arson attack.

VANDALS put lives at risk when they torched abandoned furniture outside a fire door at a multi-storey block of flats.

Sixteen firefighters were called to Molineux Court in Byker, Newcastle, yesterday when smoke filled the first three floors of the building.

Crews from Byker and Newcastle's West End attended the scene at 5.45pm.

Flames engulfed the old furniture and spread to the fire door, blocking the emergency exit.

Firefighters have hit out at the arsonists who endangered lives.

A brigade spokesman said: "The discarded furniture we believe was set alight by vandals.

"They are putting lives at risk as they don't think of the potential consequences.

"Luckily the fire brigade extinguished the flames before anything serious happened."

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "The incident will be investigated by the fire service today before it is handed over for us to look into."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2010
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