One of the first people on the scene was local man Peter Lovesey who said he believed the fire had been started deliberately. He helped three others rescue a man from the burning building.
It is understood that a man has been taken to hospital.
It is also believed that the woman who lived at the property was out at the gym when the fire started.
A road closure of The Avenue was in place while emergency services attended to the incident.
Edited 10 January 2018: It is reported that a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Edited 11 January 2018:
CHARGE UPDATE: A 55-year-old man from Three Legged Cross has been charged with arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was endangered and harassment and is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 11 January 2018.
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