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Arsonists Blamed for St Austell Flats Fire

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7:01am 11th January 2013

Arsonists have targeted a twelve storey block of flats in St Austell.

Paper in the rubbish shute was set alight on Bridge Road on Thursday night.

Fire crews say it was out when they arrived at Park House but say it could have put lives at risk.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: "Two fire appliances from St Austell, one fire appliance from St Dennis and the aerial ladder platform from Truro were mobilised to reports of the fire alarm sounding in a block of flats consisting of twelve floors. This is the normal attendance for a high-rise building. Later calls reported a smell of burning on the top floor.

"Upon investigation, the fire crews found that a fire involving paper in the rubbish chute was already out. Arson is suspected and Devon & Cornwall Police have been informed.

"Anyone with information on fires being deliberately started are advised to anonymously call Crimestoppers free on 0800 555 111 or contact Devon & Cornwall Police on 101 with information.

"Arson puts both the public and firefighters at unnecessary risk. It ties up resources that could be in demand for other more serious incidents. A lot of Cornwall is covered by on-call firefighters so there is also a significant cost to each incident."

7:01am 11th January 2013

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