UPDATE: Police believe Maliks fire was 'arson with intent to endanger life'

UPDATE: Maliks fire was arson attack with 'intent to endanger life'

An arson investigation has been launched by police following a fire at Maliks in Cookham last night.

Thames Valley Police said it believes the blaze was a deliberate attack with intent to endanger life.

Fire crews from Maidenhead, Slough and Aylesbury rushed to the scene at the restaurant, in Cookham High Street, in the early hours of this morning and spent nearly four hours putting out the fire.

Six men and one woman were in the property above the restaurant and suffered injuries during the incident.

One of the men, aged in his twenties, suffered a serious leg injury and was sent to Wexham Park Hospital.

The other people were treated at the scene.

A police scenewatch was in place but has since been lifted.

Investigating officer Det Con Rachel Kluger, from Maidenhead Force CID, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who has any information about this serious incident, in which several of the injured people had jumped to the ground from first and second floor windows to escape the fire.

“Detectives are investigating the circumstances of what happened in what appears to have been a fire targeted at this property, however we are keeping an open mind regarding a motive. I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area at around 1.45am who noticed anything suspicious, or anyone who has any information about what happened, to contact police.

“I can appreciate incidents of this nature can be distressing for people in the local community and anyone who has any concerns can speak to an officer in the area or call 101 to speak to a member of the local neighbourhood team.”

Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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