ARSONISTS are thought to be behind a flats blaze that could have cost lives.

Archer House in The Redan, Gosport, was evacuated after residents were trapped inside by a burning bin shed.

No one was injured in the blaze early on Sunday.

Det Con Geoff Pike from Gosport CID said: “We are investigating the cause of this fire and are currently treating it as suspicious. Thankfully no one was injured but the fire could have put the lives of residents at risk.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 101 or Crime-|stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.