Burglar set house on fire then trapped himself inside in Yorkshire robbery gone wrong

Fire engines were called to the incident (file photo)
Fire engines were called to the incident (file photo)
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A burglary suspect set a house on fire after he became trapped inside, police have said.

Officers found the 47-year-old at a house in after they were called to reports of a break-in just after 7.30am today (Monday).

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The man was treated for smoke inhalation - then arrested on suspicion of burglary and arson, said West Yorkshire Police.

A police cordon is in place at the house on Asquith Avenue in Morley as forensic examinations are carried out.

A police spokesman said: "The male suspect had become trapped in the house and had started a fire.

"Emergency services attended the scene.

"The three occupants of the house – two women and a man – were safely out of the property.

"The suspect, a 47-year-old man, from Leeds, was brought out of house by officers and was treated by ambulance staff for smoke inhalation before being taken to hospital as a precaution.

"He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and arson.

"A number of officers who entered the building were checked over by ambulance staff for the effects of inhaling smoke."