Police say latest arson in Exmouth is not linked to spate of deliberately-started blazes

Police investigating a report of arson in Exmouth on Saturday (August 1) say they are not linking the blaze to a spate of deliberately-started fires in the town.

A car was destroyed by fire in Pankhurst Close, Littleham, flames spread to a nearby derelict building, and firefighters were called to tackle the blaze.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a 14-year-old boy from Exmouth was arrested on suspicion of arson and released with no further action.

A person from Exeter was arrested on suspicion of arson and later released on police bail until August 25, said police.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said ‘this is being treated as an isolated incident’.

She added: “Police are investigating reports of arson after emergency services were called to Pankhurst Close at 3.45pm on Saturday 1 August following reports that a vehicle had been located on fire.

“The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.

“A 14-year-old boy from Exmouth was arrested on suspicion of arson and later released with no further action being taken in relation to this matter.

“Another person from Exeter was arrested on suspicion of arson and later released on police bail until 25 August.

“Police enquiries remain ongoing at this time.”

Firefighters from Exmouth and Exeter were called to Pankhurst Close after smoke was seen coming from a derelict commercial building.

The crews found a car engulfed in flames and brought the blaze under control.

Police also attended.

Windows and cladding on the building were damaged.

Police also attended the scene.

An Exmouth Fire Station spokesperson urged the public to report suspicious activity to the police.

They said: “The fire was started in a car adjacent to the derelict commercial building and dealt with by the initial attending crew.

“Luckily the call came in quick before it spread.

“The police were quick to be on scene and are making their investigations.

“There fire was extinguished by two firefighters in breathing apparatus using a hose reel jet.

“Further tools were used to make sure the fire hadn’t spread to the building.

“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.”

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