‘Deliberate’ fires in Holsworthy and Chilsworthy could be linked
Two fires which occurred in the Holsworthy area overnight are being treated as “suspicious” and could be linked, according to police.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to both incidents, one of which destroyed a caravan and two cars and the other which damaged two sheds and house.
The first fire broke out in two shed outbuildings next to a property in Quarry Park in Chilsworthy.
The fire, which occurred at around 7.35pm, quickly spread to the nearby two-storey house, causing significant damage.
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One man had to be treated at the scene for smoke inhalation following the blaze.
In the second incident, a caravan was destroyed and two cars severely damaged after they were set alight in Chapel Street in Holsworthy.
Police were alerted to the incident at around 5.45am and the fire spread to one of the houses in the street.
People were evacuated from nearby properties but nobody sustained any injuries.
The caravan was completely destroyed and the vehicles, a Honda Civic, a Suzuki Station Wagon and a Renault Mégane, were substantially damaged.
Both fires are being treated as suspicious and police are considering the possibility that they may be linked.
A Journal photographer also came across a burnt-out sofa near to Waitrose car park in Holsworthy this morning, although it is unclear if this also related.
And on Tuesday evening, an abandoned car was set alight in a wooded area near St Giles-on-the-Heath.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the fires or has any information as to who is responsible.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting police reference CH/13/145.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at www.Crimstoppers-uk.org.