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Arson suspected after a spate of fires near Truro

Arson suspected after a spate of fires near Truro

Published by Emma Carton at 8:02am 27th January 2020. (Updated at 10:36am 27th January 2020)

A spate of fires on the outskirts of Truro are being treated as arson.

Three cars were found alight in a parking area at Threemilestone in the early hours of Saturday.

The blaze is the third suspicious incident reported in the area in the space of a week.

Police have confirmed that a woman in her 40s has been arrested on suspicion of arson and released on bail.

Car Fires in Threemilestone
Arson is suspected after a spate of fires in Threemilestone on the outskirts of Truro. Photo: Megan Lowenna Harris

 

In the first incident, a fire tore through bins in front of a house as a family slept upstairs.

The blaze broke out on Hawthorn Way in the early hours of Sunday 19th January.

At one point, flames were said to be licking at a baby boy's bedroom window.

Dad Chris Corneille woke up to firefighters banging on his front door and described the incident as "terrifying".

arson in Threemilestone
The first incident saw flames tear through bins in front of a house as the family slept upstairs. Photo: Sara King

 

In the second incident this Wednesday, crews were called to reports of a car smelling of a flammable substance.

They found that the fire was out on arrival but the details were handed to Devon and Cornwall Police.

The second incident, that happened over the weekend, is also being investigated as a possible arson.

"Critical Control received multiple calls to three cars on fire in car parking area. 

"Two appliances were mobilised - one from Truro and on from Tolvaddon Community Fire Stations, along with a Flexi-Duty Officer. 

"The crews used two hose reels and two breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

"The police were also on scene and it was believed to be arson. 

"The incident was left with the police".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Devon and Cornwall Police have since confirmed a local woman in her 40s has been arrested and released on bail.

"A 42-year-old woman from Truro has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of arson and one count of being in possession of a controlled drug Class B – cannabis.

"The woman has been released on police bail until 17th February".

Devon and Cornwall Police

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