PHOTOS: Garage contents wrecked in Axminster arson – as police appeal for information

These photos show the aftermath of a garage blaze in Axminster which police are treating as an act of arson.

The pictures were taken by crew members from Charmouth Fire Station who were called to the incident in Poplar Mount early this morning (Tuesday, May 12).

Firefighters from Axminster also attended and worked to stop flames from spreading to nearby units.

Police say they have now launched an arson investigation.

The aftermath of the garage fire in Poplar Mount, Axminster. Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

The aftermath of the garage fire in Poplar Mount, Axminster. Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

The aftermath of the garage fire in Poplar Mount, Axminster. Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

The aftermath of the garage fire in Poplar Mount, Axminster. Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

The contents of the garage were 80 per cent damaged by the blaze, while there was 100 per cent smoke damage.

An adjacent unit also suffered smoke damage.

The garages are owned by East Devon District Council (EDDC) and a spokesperson for the authority said: ‘We have been notified about a fire at the Poplar Mount garages in Axminster earlier today where two garages were extensively damaged.

“We are unaware of what caused the fire and are working with the fire service to find out more.”

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Police are treating a fire at a block of garages owned by EDDC [East District Council] at Poplar Mount Car Park, Axminster, which occurred around 3am this morning, Tuesday 12 May, as arson.

“Police investigations continue and anyone with any information which could assist their enquiries should contact police on 101 or emailing 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/037772/20.”

Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

Picture: Charmouth Fire Station

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service  said crews from Axminster and Charmouth were called at around 4.10am after several members of the public dialled 999.

A spokesperson said: “On arrival, the garage was well alight and crews quickly got to work using two breathing apparatus sets, two hose-reel jets, a safety jet and a thermal imaging camera.

“The fire was contained to one garage at this time and the adjacent garage was emptied as it contained motorbikes.

“Breathing apparatus was increased to four and two safety jets. Water was supplied from a hydrant.

“Police were also requested at scene. There was 80 per cent fire damage to the contents, 100 per cent smoke damage and 30 per cent smoke damage to the adjacent garage.”

Police launch arson investigation after Axminster garage fire

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