Man is detained under the Mental Health Act after vehicle fire in Axminster

Police said a man was detained under the Mental Health Act after a vehicle fire in Axminster on Thursday night (December 30).

Firefighters were called to Lyme Road, in Axminster, at around 11.15pm, after receiving multiple reports from the public about a blaze.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a man was detained and left in the care of health professionals.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said the fire was thought to be deliberate.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 11.15pm last night to Lyme Road, Axminster following reports of a vehicle fire.

“Emergency services attended the scene and the fire was extinguished and the vehicle later recovered.

“A man was detained under the mental health act and taken into the care of health professionals.”

Firefighters tackling the blaze said the vehicle was well-alight on arrival.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to knock down the flames.

A Highways team was called to deal with fuel and oil spills, and the vehicle was cordoned off, the fire service said.

A DSFRS spokesperson said: “Crews attended a vehicle on fire, believed to be set alight deliberately.

“On arrival crews got to work with two breathing apparatus and two hose reel jet to put the fire out. A thermal imaging camera was also used, along with other small tools.

“One male was taken into police custody.

“The vehicle was severely damaged, and the highways agency were requested to assist with spillage of fluids on the highway.”

On-call firefighters from Axminster tackled the blaze, responding to the fire in under six minutes.

While on-route, crews confirmed they could see the vehicle well-alight.

An Axminster fire station spokesperson said: “Once on scene our crews got straight to tackling the fire using two breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets.

“Crews discontinued using breathing apparatus once the fire was under control and almost fully-extinguished, however they continued to dampen down the vehicle from a distance.”

The spokesperson added: “Crews were at this time also using Environment Agency packs to try and contain fuel and oil that was spilling from the vehicle.”

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