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Cars torched in attack

By Warren Wilkins 11th October 2017

Cars torched in attack

ARSON is suspected after four cars and a motorbike were set on fire along a residential street in Newquay during the early hours of Thursday.
A silver Megane, a blue BMW 330i, a blue Peugeot Estate and a Kawasaki 600cc were gutted in the blaze at a car park on Hawkins Road at about 2.45am, while a Bongo Friendee was partially damaged.

Residents of a nearby apartment block were awoken by the blaze and alerted the emergency services. An appliance from Newquay Fire Station attended the scene and discovered four cars well alight.
The crew used hose reels to extinguish the blaze and received back-up from a Perranporth appliance after it was ascertained one of the vehicles was gas-powered.

The tarmac on the car park area was burnt during the blaze and surrounding fencing was damaged. Residents stated the windy weather fanned the flames, which leapt high into the air.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service states arson is suspected. Police were in attendance and will be investigating the incident.

The suspected arson attack happened shortly before firefighters extinguished a car blaze in the Tregorrick area at Delabole at 3.20am, which was suspected arson, and a further car fire at Tregorrick View in St Austell at 4.40am, where arson was also suspected.

A Hawkins Road resident said: “I heard a weird noise and then a big bang. I looked out and saw everything was orange. The flames were massive.”
Another resident said: “I do not think it was youngsters as they wouldn’t be out that late. There were five vehicles affected and I would think they would have to resurface part of the car park and new fencing will have to go up.”

A resident added: “I had a knock on the door from a neighbour saying I should close my window as there was black smoke coming up.
“The sad thing is one of the car owners was only saying the other day how much good service they had got from the vehicle. They were emptying the car out the other day because they were going to sell it.”

A spokesman for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: “Several calls were received for this incident. One appliance from Newquay attended and on arrival found four vehicles well alight.
“A further appliance from Perranporth attended and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two high pressure hose reels at the scene. Information was then obtained that one vehicle was gas-powered. A ground monitor was put in place cooling the area. Arson was suspected.
Devon and Cornwall Police attended and will be making further inquiries.”

By Warren Wilkins 11th October 2017

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