Man, 33, is arrested by police on suspicion of arson after car fires in Honiton

A 33-year-old man from Honiton has been arrested by police on suspicion of arson after fire crews were called to a blaze in the town in the early hours of Thursday morning (January 20).

A crew from Honiton was called to Littletown Road, in the town, shortly before 5am, after a report two parked cars were on fire.

Police attended the scene and made an arrest after officers carried out enquiries.

A 33-year-old man from Honiton is in custody, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police were notified just after 5am to reports of two vehicles on fire on Littletown Road in Honiton.

“No injuries were reported.

​“Officers attended the scene and following several enquiries an arrest was made.

​“A 33-year-old man from Honiton was arrested on suspicion of arson and is currently in police custody.”

The fire service said the cause of the vehicle blazes was deliberate.

Each car engine compartment was found to have fire damage, the service said.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We sent a fire engine to a report of two cars on fire outside a property in Honiton.

“On arrival crews confirmed both cars were on the roadway and were on fire.”

The spokesperson added: “There was five per cent fire damage to the engine compartment of each car.

“The cause was deliberate and the police also attended.”

Firefighters used a hose reel jet and thermal imaging camera to tackle the flames.

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