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Man arrested after the Truro fire

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Published by Emma Carton at 11:06am 14th June 2018 (Updated 5:41pm 14th June 2018)

Police investigating a massive fire at sheltered housing in Truro have made an arrest.

Residents were evacuated after flames tore through the unit on Merrifield Close, gutting several homes.

Firefighters from across Cornwall were battling the blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A 40-year-old man is waiting to be questioned on suspicion of arson with intent.

A force spokesperson said: "Police have arrested a man following a fire at several properties on Merrifield Close in Trehavern, Truro, at 12.20am on Wednesday 13 June. 

"The fire had occurred across several joint properties. There were no injuries as a result of the fire and all residents have been rehoused.

"An investigation is currently underway into the circumstances surrounding the fire.

"A scene guard was put in place whilst fire investigators and scenes of crime officers carried out further enquiries. The scene guard has now been lifted.

"A 44-year-old man from Truro has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent and is currently in police custody awaiting further questioning".

We are currently appealing for witnesses to the incident, anyone with information is asked to contact us via 101 quoting crime reference CR/051662/18.

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