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Police in Lymington are investigating a fire at the Toll House pub in Southampton Road, Lymington, in the early hours of Friday, July the 7th.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the building at around 3am.
Five people were inside at the time but managed to escape. They were treated for smoke inhalation at Southampton General Hospital.
Extensive damage was caused to the building as a result of the fire.
A 29-year-old man from Poole in Dorset has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody at a police station in Dorset pending further enquiries.
Nick Davies from Hampshire Fire and Rescue said:
“On arrival, the initial crews were faced with a very difficult fire in a large building.
"The first crews on scene with their early intervention meant that they safely managed to rescue one man and his dog.
"The fire was quickly brought under control.
"If it wasn’t for their quick arrival, the male and his dog may have become trapped in the building and the outcome could have been devastating.
"I am very proud of the crews as they all worked so hard.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Lymington police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Mini-Com users can call 01962 875000.