Man due in court after Hemsworth flats fire

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A man has been charged with arson after a woman had to jump from a first floor window to flee a fire at a block of flats in Hemsworth.

Emergency services were called to the two-storey building on Highfield Road at around 11.50pm on Friday.

A fire service spokesman said the woman jumped from the window before firefighters arrived and needed treatment for a spinal injury.

Five more people were rescued by fire crews, with two given treatment for smoke inhalation.

A further 10 people were able to get themselves safely out of the building.

Police said a 32-year-old man has been charged and is expected to appear before Wakefield Magistrates’ Court this morning (Monday).