A WOMAN is in intensive care after she was rescued from a suspected arson attack at her home in Horam near Heathfield last night, January 13.
Fire fighters from Herstmonceux, Heathfield and Hailsham raced to the scene after the woman phoned at 8.57pm to say she was trapped in a bedroom by a fire at her detached house in North Corner.
The fire emergency control room gave the woman instructions over the phone while she waited for the fire engines to arrive.
She was told to sit below an open window to allow fresh air to circulate and also to hang something out of the window to let the fire crews know her whereabouts.
The woman was also told to shut and block the base of the door with a towel or clothing to stop smoke seeping into the room.
Firefighters arrived and put up a ladder to rescue the woman via a window. Her five dogs were also carried to safety from the ground floor.
An ambulance took the woman to Eastbourne District General Hospital where she was treated for smoke inhalation. But the woman’s condition got worse and she was moved to an intensive care unit where her condition was described as stable this morning (January 14).
A fire spokeswoman said the hallway of the house was badly damaged and police suspect arson was the cause of the blaze.
A joint investigation has been launched using officers at the scene and a specially trained fire investigation dog to examine the house.
Detective Inspector Rob Morland, from CID, said: “We are in the very early stages of the enquiry but police are looking at possible motives as to why this property was targetted.
“If anyone has any information about the incident, or who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, we would urge them to contact police.”
Any witnesses phone: 0845 60 70 999, quoting serial 1491 of January 13.