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Witness plea after fire in garden pampas grass

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

WELL ALIGHT: The pampas grass fire on the seafront.    Charmain Lovett

WELL ALIGHT: The pampas grass fire on the seafront. Charmain Lovett

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POLICE are treating a grass fire at an Ilfracombe garden as arson.

Two fire engines were called to a pampas grass fire at Jubilee Gardens on Ilfracombe seafront at around 4.15pm on Sunday.

The fire service received a 999 call saying someone had let off a firework which had started a fire near the Landmark Theatre. On route to the scene firefighters noticed that part of Jubilee Gardens was well alight.

Fire Incident Commander Mark Creek said: "When we arrived there was about 30 square metres of grass on fire and it was well alight.

"We're not sure exactly how it started but the report we had stated a firework had been let off in the area.

"It took us about 20 minutes to put the fire out with a hose reel from one of the engines."

A police spokesman said no offenders were identified at the scene and but the incident is being treated as arson.

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 quoting log number 619 of December 9.

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