Police arrest woman who escaped Mansfield house blaze

Valley View, Mansfield
Valley View, Mansfield

Police say they have arrested the woman who escaped from a Mansfield house fire at the weekend.

The 44-year-old fled the blaze through a window to the property on Valley View on Sunday afternoon.

She has been named locally as Vanessa Lucas-Heathorn, and was given first aid at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

However, she was discharged from hospital today and has since been taken into custody on suspicion of arson.

Crews from Mansfield, Blidworth and Ashfield had been called to the scene at around 2.30pm.

“We were alerted to this incident by a neighbour who had heard a smoke alarm going off inside the house that was on fire,” said station manager Anthony Yardley, who was incident commander at the scene yesterday.

“When firefighters arrived ,one crew went inside the property to put the fire out and search the rest of the house, while another took care of the casualty who had back injuries and was also suffering from smoke inhalation.

“The fire had started in the lounge and was put out quickly by firefighters.

“However, all of the internal doors inside the house were open and this meant that smoke spread to – and damaged – other rooms in the property. Had the doors had of been closed then the damage may have been limited to a smaller area - this shows the importance of closing them when possible.

“This also shows why it is so important to have working smoke alarms in a property.”

The windows of the property remain clouded in soot today and damaged furniture and electric goods are strewn across the driveway.