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SEATON: Gas main fire causes flats to be evacuated

Thursday, 12 December 2013


A 47-year-old former Seaton resident was arrested in connection with a gas main fire, which forced the evacuation of five Cross Street flats.
The man, who currently lives in Falmouth, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and was being interviewed by police at the time of going to press.
Firefighters were called at 5:45pm on Sunday, December 8th.
A spokesperson for the fire and rescue service said: “We were called to a report of what was believed to be a washing machine alight in an alley at the above location.
“A fire engine from Seaton was sent to investigate but upon arrival the crew confirmed that this was a fire involving a gas main on the outside of a building and requested a further three fire engines to attend.”
These were sent from stations in Colyton, Axminster and Sidmouth.
The spokesperson added: “The gas board was requested to attend to isolate the gas supplies along with specialist officers trained to deal with hazardous situations.
“Crews evacuated adjoining flats due to smoke logging and got to work extinguishing the fire.
“The fire was successfully extinguished using six sets of breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and a thermal imaging camera. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”
In a statement issued on Monday morning, police revealed that an arrest had been made.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “A 47-year-old man, formerly of Seaton, now Falmouth, was arrested. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
“A joint fire and police investigation of the scene began around 9:30am this morning.
“A road closure in place on Cross Street and a cordon on preventing access to property.
“Five adjacent flats were evacuated and Red Cross provided assistance.
“The road needed to be dug up to disconnect the gas.”


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