Police are investing an arson and assault they believe are linked after a man was forced to escape from a property in Blackburn by jumping out a window.

The 36-year-old managed to leave the flat on Rothesay Road by jumping out of the window at around 6.30am today (November 21).

He was not injured in the escape, and police are treating the fire as an arson with intent to endanger life.

Later, at about 8.30am, officers were also called by the ambulance service to Moorland Avenue following reports of an assault.

 

They found a 24-year-old man from Blackburn with a serious head injury who was taken to hospital and remains there in a serious condition.

Detective Inspector Andy Horne said: “We believe that these incidents are linked and we are treating them extremely seriously.

"It is only a matter of chance that no-one was seriously injured or even killed in the fire and a man is in hospital following the assault.

“I would like to reassure people that we have made an arrest and we are continuing to make enquiries.

"If anyone has any information which could assist I would urge them to get in touch."

 

A 33-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in custody.

Enquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 174 for the fire and 239 for the assault, or ring independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.