Reading fire: One dead and others unaccounted for after blazeon December 15, 2021 at 8:43 am

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A man is arrested on suspicion of arson and murder after a person is found dead after a fire.

Grovelands Road, Reading

One person has died and several others remain unaccounted for following a fire.

The blaze broke out at a property in Grovelands Road, Reading, overnight.

Thames Valley Police said a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of arson and murder and was in custody.

The force said the incident was not being treated as terrorism related. Surrounding roads have been closed and people are being asked to avoid the area.

Grovelands Road, Reading

Image source, David Marney

In a statement posted on its Twitter account, Thames Valley Police said: “If you have any concerns, for loved ones, please try and contact them in the first instance.

“A dedicated number is being set up for this, and details will follow very shortly.”

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are still at the scene of a significant incident in the Grovelands Road area of Reading.

“A number of fire appliances are attending and roads in the area are congested.”

Grovelands Road, Reading
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