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Fire rips through an industrial unit in Falmouth

Fire rips through an industrial unit in Falmouth

Published by Emma Carton at 6:37am 4th September 2018. (Updated at 6:44am 4th September 2018)

Firefighters think a huge fire at an industrial unit in Falmouth was arson.

Crews from the town and Truro were scrambled to Dracaena Avenue and called in back-up from Helston.

Police are investigating after flames engulfed a vehicle on Monday afternoon.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning, saying fires like this can put lives at risk.

"Several calls were received for this incident. Appliances from Falmouth and Truro were mobilised.

"On arrival, further resources were requested, an appliance from Helston was mobilised.

"The fire involved an industrial unit measuring 20m by 20m containing a vehicle.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using a high pressure hosereel jet.

"Arson was suspected. Devon & Cornwall Police have been informed".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Cornwall FRS is appealing for witnesses, urging anyone who saw something just after 4pm to contact police.

"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's also a significant cost to each incident".

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

You can read more advice on arson prevention here.

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