Torquay arson probe launched after series of blazes
POLICE investigations have begun after a series of 'deliberate' fires in Torquay early today.
The most serious fire was at a newsagents in Ellacombe Church Road at 4am, and there were several calls to the fire service reporting a shed on fire.
One fire engine from Torquay was sent, but after several more calls stating this was actually possibly a building on fire, a further two fire engines, one from Torquay and one from Paignton, were also sent.
On arrival crews confirmed this was as shed on fire, but the flames had spread to a house.
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The shed was totally destroyed by fire and there was damage to a window of a ground floor flat, damage to a window of a first floor flat, and damage to a window and shop front of a newsagents.
A spokesman for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire was deliberate, and due to the nature of this call and others in the area, police also attended.
Quarter of an hour before the alarm was raised in Ellacombe there were also calls to a car on fire in St Edmunds Road.
One fire appliance from Torquay was sent, and found the car well alight.
Two hosereels were used to put it out.
Then, at 4.05am, there were reports of a Transit van on fire on a driveway at Chatsworth Road.
One fire engine from Torquay was sent, and again found the vehicle well alight.
Two hosereels were again used to put the flames out.