Woman arrested on suspicion of arson after Exmouth house fire

Police investigating a house fire in Exmouth have arrested a woman on suspicion of arson.

Firefighters from Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton were called to a property in Lovelace Crescent, Withycombe Raleigh, on Monday night, October 7, where they rescued a woman and her pets from the property.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a 54-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson and remains in police custody.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called by the fire service to reports of a fire at a property in Lovelace Crescent, Exmouth, shortly after 8pm on Monday, 7 October.

“Emergency services attended the address and the fire was quickly extinguished. One woman was located inside the address, she was extracted safely by the fire service and checked over at hospital.

“A 54-year-old woman from Exmouth was arrested on suspicion of arson. She remains in police custody at this time.

“Enquires remain ongoing to establish the circumstances of the incident.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it received a report to say a house was on fire and that somebody was still inside the property.

Firefighters tackled the blaze wearing breathing apparatus and with the use of a hose reel jet.

A thermal imaging camera and positive pressure ventilation fan were also used.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “Fire crews were soon on scene and confirmed a small fire in a bedroom of the property.”

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