Firefighters tackle ‘deliberate’ Exmouth car blaze that spread to building

Firefighters tackled a ‘deliberate’ car blaze that spread to a commercial building in Exmouth this afternoon (Saturday, August 1).

Crews from the town and Exeter were called to Pankhurst Close at around 3.50pm after smoke was seen coming from the property.

They found the car engulfed on flames and brought the blaze under controls.

Windows and cladding on the building were damaged.

Police also attended the scene.

The car blaze in Pankhurst Close, Exmouth. Picture: Exmouth Fire Station

The car blaze in Pankhurst Close, Exmouth. Picture: Exmouth Fire Station

The vehicle was 100 per cent damaged by fire and the building sustained approximately five per cent to windows and cladding…

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Several calls were received by Fire Control reporting smoke at the location, possibly coming from a building.

“Two fire engines from Exmouth, one from Exeter Middlemoor and the aerial ladder platform from Exeter Danes Castle were sent to the area.

“On arrival, crews confirmed this to be a vehicle fire, well alight, which had spread to a commercial property.

“Crews got to work using two breathing apparatus wearers, two hose-reel jets and one covering jet.

“The vehicle was 100 per cent damaged by fire and the building sustained approximately five per cent to windows and cladding.

“The cause was believed to be deliberate.

“Police also attended.”

The car blaze in Pankhurst Close, Exmouth. Picture: Exmouth Fire Station

The car blaze in Pankhurst Close, Exmouth. Picture: Exmouth Fire Station

The car blaze in Pankhurst Close, Exmouth. Picture: Exmouth Fire Station

The car blaze in Pankhurst Close, Exmouth. Picture: Exmouth Fire Station

An Exmouth Fire Station spokesperson added: “Luckily the call came in quick before it spread.

“Crews had to decontaminate after the incident due to the risk of asbestos being involved.

“The fire is believed to have been started deliberately and the incident was left in the hands of the police

“Please report any suspicious activity to the police.”

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