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Cornish family hit by 'arson attack' as baby slept

Cornish family hit by 'arson attack' as baby slept

Published by Emma Carton at 7:40am 23rd January 2020. (Updated at 7:46am 23rd January 2020)

A Cornish couple have described the suspected arson attack as their baby slept upstairs as terrifying.

The blaze tore through bins at the front of their house at Threemilestone in the early hours of Sunday.

At one point, the flames reached their young son's window on Hawthorn Way.

Luckily, everyone was OK.

However, parents Chris and Sara say things could have been very different if neighbours had not spotted the fire and raised the alarm by phoning 999.

"The flames were literally licking at his window"

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A Cornish family has described the terrifying moment their home was hit by a suspected arson attack as they slept. Photo: Sara King


Dad Chris Corneille has told Pirate FM the first he knew was waking up to blue lights and crews knocking at the door.

"Firefighters were there. They'd just literally put out the fire. 

"They couldn't get to the door because the flames were literally covering the front of the house.

"They asked us how many of us were in the house - I said three.

"They said there's been a fire, just stay inside, we've got it under control now.

"Terrifying really - you don't think of these things happening in such a small village.

"His bedroom was at the front of the house so the flames were literally licking his windows.

"The smoke from the fire was entering through an extractor fan so it was literally filling the house with smoke; we've been trying to get rid of the smell for days".

Dad, Chris Corneille

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At one point, flames from the blaze at Threemilestone near Truro were licking their baby son's bedroom window. Photo: Sara King


Police were also called to the scene and Pirate FM understands that it is being treated as possible arson case.

Officers are currently investigating and anyone with any information is urged to get in touch.

"Police are aware of reports of a fire to an outside bin storage unit on Hawthorn Way, Truro, on Sunday 19th January between 1am and 3am".

Devon and Cornwall Police

Anyone who witnessed the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CR/005258/20.

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