A SIXTEEN-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is currently in police custody after a fire broke out in Widnes early this morning.

At around 2am two fire engines were called to a first floor bedroom fire at Westmorland Avenue, Appleton.

Everyone was accounted for.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire for around an hour.

A large fan was then used to clear smoke from the property.

Police were also in attendance.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing at this time but it is believed to have been deliberate.