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Huge fire breaks out in a Cornwall seaside town

Huge fire breaks out in a Cornwall seaside town

Published by Emma Carton at 7:12am 3rd June 2019. (Updated at 11:23am 3rd June 2019)

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Police confirm a huge fire in a Cornish seaside town is being treated as arson.

Crews received a string of 999 calls to a burning car in Perranporth, early on Sunday morning.

When they arrived, they found the blaze had spread to a nearby property on Wheal Leisure Close.

No-one was injured but four flats were badly affected and residents have had to leave their homes.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway and a man has been released under investigation.

"The Critical Control Centre received 17 calls in total to this incident.

"Initially, crews were mobilised to a car fire but as soon as the first crew arrived, it was apparent that this had spread to the adjacent residential building and a request for further assistance was made from crews on scene.

"In total, four appliances from Perranporth, Tolvaddon and Newquay were mobilised, along with two wholetime officers for support.

"Crews, using breathing apparatus, extinguished the fire using hosereel jets.

"The fire is now fully extinguished and a fire investigation is underway to establish the initial cause of the fire".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

"Police are investigating a suspicious fire in Perranporth in the early hours of yesterday [2 June].

"The fire service received numerous calls from the public after the fire began in Wheal Leisure Close between 2.45am and 2.55am.

"A Skoda Felicia was set alight and the fire then spread to a multi-occupancy property.

"Substantial damage was caused to four flats which are now uninhabitable.

"No-one was injured but a number of people have been displaced from their homes.

"The car was completely destroyed by the fire. A Honda Accord parked alongside the Skoda was also damaged by the fire.

"The fire is being treated as arson.

"A 50-year-old man from Truro has been arrested on suspicion of arson. He has been released pending further enquiries".

Devon and Cornwall Police

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by phone on 101, quoting crime reference CR/048514/19.

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