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Locals describe Illogan fire as 'nothing like they'd ever seen before'

Locals describe Illogan fire as 'nothing like they'd ever seen before'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:06pm 15th May 2019. (Updated at 5:08pm 15th May 2019)

Locals have told Pirate FM how a major house fire that broke out in Illogan was nothing like they had ever seen before.

Four houses went up in flames on Bridge Road on Tuesday evening.

Firefighters from Tolvaddon and Hayle found the first well alight just before 5.30pm.

They called in back-up from Penzance, Truro, Perranporth, St Just and St Dennis.

Crews had to use hoses, jets and triple extension ladders as the flames tore through the roofs.

The four houses were evacuated and everybody got out safely.

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"We've been here about 43 years, we've never seen anything like this, we don't know what caused it.

"We were in having tea and my son went out to go out to a meeting, he came running back in and said father you better get out here there's a major fire across the road, and when we stepped out the front there it was, fully ablaze.

"There was smoke and more smoke, you couldn't see a lot, one house was really ablaze and all you could see was the smoke coming from the roofs, apparently you could see more from the back because of the wind.

"Within no time at all there was six fire engines, police cars, ambulances, luckily no-one was hurt."

Derek Taylor, neighbour

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A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson.

He remains in police custody.

"Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service attended an address following a report of a fire at a residential property in Bridge Road, Illogan.

"The fire spread to a number of adjacent properties which were also evacuated.

"Although South West Ambulance Service attended, there are no reports of any casualties.

"A 32-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with this incident and has been taken to Camborne Police Station.

"The police are treating the fire as suspicious and will be working with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to investigate the cause".

Devon and Cornwall Police

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