THE suspected arson attack on a block of flats in Christchurch reportedly started when a child’s pushchair was set on fire.

Seven people and a dog were rescued from Wenlock Court in Hunt Road after a suspected arson attack on the evening of Tuesday, November 16.

While on scene, the Echo learnt that the fire had started when a pushchair was set alight however were unable to confirm the reports.

A Dorset Police spokesperson has since said: “It was reported that a pushchair was on fire. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of what happened and the cause of the fire.

“There is no significant update at this time. No arrests have been made and our investigation is ongoing.”

Bournemouth Echo: Suspected arson attack at block of flats in Hunt Road, ChristchurchSuspected arson attack at block of flats in Hunt Road, Christchurch

In the aftermath of the fire, resident Emma Pardy said: “How can someone be so horrible? Especially knowing there’s young kids in the flats and they’re blocking their exit from getting out of the fire. It’s terrible.”

Several fire crews sent to the incident found a well-developed fire in a ground floor stairwell upon arrival.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 16:674.

Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call free 0800 555 111.