Pensioner arrested on suspicion of murder bid

The scene after the fire in Nene Parade, March
The scene after the fire in Nene Parade, March

A pensioner was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a house fire in March which has left a woman in hospital.

The 72-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday evening following the blaze at a home in Nene Parade, near the Wigstones Road footbridge.

He was later released, but was due to answer police bail this morning (Wednesday, October 21).

The man has been again released on bail until Tuesday, October 27.

The woman, in her 60s, suffered burns and remains in a “serious but stable” condition at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Fire crews from March and Chatteris were called to put out the blaze in an upstairs bedroom just after 9.20pm.

Police and ambulance crews were also on the scene, and Wigstone’s Road and the top of Nene Parade were closed off as an investigation into the cause of the fire got underway. Homeowners were blocked in, with no vehicles or pedestrians allowed through until emergency services left just after 1am.

A fire service spokesman said their crews arrived “to find a fire in the first floor bedroom of a two -storey detached house.

“One female casualty was given first aid at the scene before being taken to hospital.

“The crews returned to their stations by 1.25am.

“An investigation is taking place to determine the cause of the fire.”