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Spate of fires in St Austell treated as arson

Spate of fires in St Austell treated as arson

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:28pm 2nd October 2018. (Updated at 7:51am 3rd October 2018)

Four fires around the St Austell area are being treated as suspected arson.

Firefighters were called to blazes involving grass, bushes and hedgerows on Monday.

They managed to put the flames out but all four incidents are being treated as suspected arson.

Police were called after reports a group of people had fled the scene.

They found two 18-year-old men who were arrested on suspicion of arson, but later released with no further action.


"An appliance from St Austell has attended four separate fires in the open today involving grass, bushes and hedgerow.

"Firefighters used hose reels, small tools and beaters to extinguish the flames.

"The cause of these fires is arson and the police have three people in custody."

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service


"Police were called by fire yesterday afternoon following reports of four fires in the St Austell area.

"Police attended the scene where it was reported that a group of people had fled the scene.

"Officers carried out an area search and located two people.

"Two men, aged 18, were arrested on suspicion arson.

"They have since been released with no further action being taken in connection to the incident."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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