East Devon firefighters tackle ‘suspicious’ fire in fishing units in Beer

Firefighters from across East Devon were called to Beer to tackle an arson attack on commercial fishing buildings.

Police and the fire service were called to Sea Hill, Beer, on Wednesday night (June 15) where they found a blaze in fisherman’s units, that spread to other nearby buildings.

Officers at Devon and Cornwall Police investigated a suspicious fire at the premises.

Police said damage was caused to ‘several’ buildings, as a result of the blaze.

A man from Seaton has appeared in court charged with arson, affray and three counts of assault by beating. He will be sentenced next month.

Devon and Cornwall Police rural East Devon team said: “Officers were alerted at 9.50pm on Wednesday 15 June after the fire started at the premises in Sea Hill, before spreading to other buildings.

“Damage was caused to several buildings.”

A Colyton fire station spokesperson confirmed the blaze was on the approach to the beach slipway.

“All the local crews joined forces on Wednesday to deal with a fire in Beer,” a Colyton fire station spokesperson said.

Devon and Cornwall police said a 34-year-old Seaton man was charged with arson, affray and three counts of assault by beating.

He appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court on Friday, June 17.

He is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court for sentencing on July 18, 2022.

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