FIREFIGHTERS have been praised after a suspected arson attack which left five people in hospital.
North Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after fire at the flat on Bridge Street, Abergele, just before 9pm on Tuesday night.
A 31-year-old local man was arrested yesterday (Tuesday) evening on suspicion of arson and remains in police custody.
Det Sergeant Bob Halford at St Asaph CID confirmed a joint investigation was underway with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
He said: "This could have been far more serious had it not been for the prompt actions of the Fire Service.
"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time who saw any suspicious persons or activity, or indeed knows anything about who started this fire to contact Police immediately."
North Wales Police are treating the incident as suspicious.
Those taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital have since been discharged and their injuries were not said to be serious.
A spokesman for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "Five people suffered slight smoke inhalation as a result of the incident and were transferred to hospital.
"Amongst the casualties was a female who had also sustained minor injuries.
"There was fire damage to walls and skirting boards in the flat and 40 per cent smoke damage to the landing.
"One hose reel jet was used to fight the flames.
"The fire was caused by deliberate ignition."
If you have any information about the fire North Wales Police can be contacted on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and quote reference RC13096029