Fire crews tackle three suspected arson incidents in Cornwall
Firefighters in Cornwall were called to three separate incidents of suspected arson across the region in the early hours of this morning.
The first incident occurred in Tuckingmill when crews were called to reports of a van on fire.
One fire crew from Camborne attended the scene in Tolgarrick Road shortly after 12.30am and upon arrival confirmed the van well alight.
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blazing van. Crews suspected the cause to be arson and informed Devon & Cornwall Police of the incident.
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The second incident occurred outside a disused nightclub in Newquay at around 2.15am.
Two fire crews from the town attended the scene in Beach Road and, upon arrival, discovered a fire involving personal belongings in the doorway of the empty nightclub.
The fire had already been extinguished by members of the public but the fire alarms of the disused property were sounding and so firefighters gained entry to see if the fire had spread inside.
Crews confirmed the fire had not spread any further and said the property was slightly smoke-logged inside, but this was cleared by firefighters.
Arson was suspected as the cause and the incident was reported to Devon & Cornwall Police.
The third incident occurred just over an hour later in Penzance when crews were called to a motorbike on fire.
One crew from the town attended the incident in St Marys Terrace, near to the junction of Queen Street, at around 3.45am.
Firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which totally destroyed the motorcycle.
The cause of the fire was again suspected to be arson and the incident was referred to Devon and Cornwall Police.
A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Service said: “Anyone with information on fires being deliberately started is advised to anonymously call Crimestoppers free on 0800 555 111 or contact Devon & Cornwall Police on 101 with information.
“Arson puts both the public and firefighters at unnecessary risk. It ties up resources that could be in demand for other more serious incidents.
“A lot of Cornwall is covered by on-call firefighters so there is also a significant cost to each incident.”