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Residents can't return home after 'arson attack'

Residents can't return home after 'arson attack'

Published by Emma Carton at 11:22am 3rd June 2019. (Updated at 12:17pm 3rd June 2019)

Photo: Perranporth Community Fire Station

Police say the damage to properties after a suspected arson attack in a Cornish seaside town is so bad, some residents cannot return home.

Firefighters were scrambled to Wheal Leisure Close in Perranporth early on Sunday morning.

They received 17 emergency calls to reports of a car fire but when they arrived, the flames had spread.

Devon and Cornwall Police have since confirmed the blaze caused substantial damage to four flats.

No-one was injured but the incident is being treated as arson and a man has been arrested and released, pending further enquiries.

"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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