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Arson suspected in car blaze case

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: July 18, 2013

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A CAR fire which spread to a shed containing gas cylinders is being treated by police as arson.

Fire crews from Appledore were initially called to reports of a vehicle on fire in Lower Cleave in Northam at around 12.45am on Sunday.

Upon arrival crews requested for back up as the fire had spread to a motor home and a shed containing LPG cylinders.

Another unit from Bideford was called and both crews set to work to extinguish the fire using a main reel and a hose jet.

At around 2am, crews requested police and a fire inspector officer to try and determine the cause of the fire.

One gas cylinder was found to be leaking at around 3.40am so crews discussed the situation with a gas engineer and applied a cooling jet to the area until the leaking cylinder was removed around an hour later.

The fire was fully extinguished at 5.10am, and by this time had involved two cars, a shed and three LPG cylinders. No one was injured.

Police are treating the incident as suspected arson and are asking anyone who may have any information about it to call 101 quoting crime reference number CD/13/1312.

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