Man sustains spinal injuries escaping from Gayton home 'arson', say police
An investigation is underway after a man sustained spinal injuries escaping a suspected arson attack in a West Norfolk village.
A woman also fled to a neighbouring house following the incident in Gayton, which was reported in the early hours of yesterday morning.
And police say they are looking for a second man who they believe to have been involved in the incident, though they stress they do not think there is a wider public threat.
Emergency crews were called to an address in Hall Farm Road shortly before 2am on Sunday, following reports of a fire.
A Norfolk Police spokesman said a short time ago: "A woman aged in her 20s, who lived in the property, fled to a neighbouring house.
"A man aged in his 30s who was also in the property at the time of the fire, suffered spinal injuries trying to escape the fire and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. He remains in hospital.
"Officers believe the fire was started deliberately and enquiries are ongoing to find a man aged in his 40s suspected of being involved in the incident.
"Police are also investigating an assault connected to the same incident.
"The victims and suspect are known to each other and there isn’t believed to be any wider risk to the public."
The Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said it sent six appliances – four from Lynn, one from Massingham and one from Terrington – to the incident.
Its units were at the scene until shortly after 6am.