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Police investigate a 'malicious' fire incident in Looe

Police investigate a 'malicious' fire incident in Looe

Published by Emma Carton at 8:56am 2nd December 2019. (Updated at 9:08am 2nd December 2019)

Firefighters have rushed to reports of a possible flat fire in Looe, which turned out to be a hoax.

Critical Control received multiple calls to an alarm sounding in the early hours of Monday morning.

When crews arrived, they found no blaze and no sign of any other emergency.

They say witnesses reported seeing someone set off the alarm by hitting a call point.

The incident is being treated as malicious and Devon and Cornwall Police have launched an investigation.

"Critical Control received multiple calls to a fire alarm sounding in a block of flats. 

"One appliance from Looe Community Fire Station was mobilised to the scene. 

"Upon arrival crews investigated and confirmed there was no fire or other emergency.

"Witnesses reported that a person had deliberately set off the fire alarm by hitting a manual call point.

"The cause of the alarm therefore has been identified as malicious and the incident is under investigation by the police. 

"Anyone with any information please contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 quoting log 79 of 02/12/19".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning, saying hoax calls can cost lives.

"Firefighters normally respond to every emergency call that is made. If they arrive at an address and find out that it's a hoax, it may delay them in attending a serious emergency incident, where they may be needed to rescue someone trapped in a house fire or road traffic collision.

"In many emergencies, every second really does count. Increasing the time it takes the fire crews to respond could mean the difference between saving a life or losing one. Therefore diverting an appliance through a hoax call could have a major impact.

"All 999 calls made to the Fire and Rescue Service are recorded and can be instantly traced back to the caller. This doesn't just apply to land lines; even calls from public phone boxes and mobile phones are taped and could be traced. Even dialling the prefix '141' will not block your identification when making a 999 call.

"It is illegal to make a hoax emergency call. People can, and have been, heavily prosecuted for making hoax calls with a fine of up to £5,000 or six months in prison.

"Remember - the Fire and Rescue Service knows the phone number you called from, and has a recording of your voice!"

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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