Nottinghamshire Police have charged a man after a flat was set on fire and a firefighter assaulted.
Emergency services were called to an address in Helston Drive, Strelley, at around 2 am on Sunday (20th December) morning.
Within minutes, the fire and rescue service had arrived on the scene and were kitting up ready to risk their own lives to save any occupants who were inside the property.
As one of the firefighters entered the property to fight the fire, he was hit over the head with a metal bar, causing him to fall to the ground.
The suspect was detained and was arrested at the scene by police officers. The fire was quickly extinguished.
Reuben Wooley, 37, of Helston Drive, has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life, assault causing actual bodily harm, and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.
He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning and was remanded in custody.
Detective Sergeant Andy Buxton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:
“Thankfully nobody was seriously injured in this incident as the firefighter’s protective headgear absorbed the blow, but it was a timely reminder of the dangers faced by emergency services every time they are on duty.”
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