Man, 20, arrested on suspicion of arson following fires in Holsworthy and Chilsworthy
A 20-year-old man has been arrested and bailed in connection with two fires in the Holsworthy area.
The man, who is from the Holsworthy area, was arrested on suspicion of arson during Thursday evening.
He was taken into custody at Barnstaple Police Station before later being released on police bail until May 3 pending further police enquiries.
His arrest follows two separate incidents which occurred in the Holsworthy area overnight on Wednesday.
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The first fire broke out in two shed outbuildings next to a property in Quarry Park in Chilsworthy at around 7.35pm.
The fire quickly spread to the nearby two-storey house, causing significant damage.
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.
Anyone who witnessed either of the incidents 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.