Updated: Arson investigation follows gas cylinder blaze

15:41 15 July 2013

Archant

Two vehicles, a shed and three LPG gas cylinders were destroyed in the fire at Northam yesterday (Sun) which is being treated as suspicious.

A FIRE which destroyed a campervan, car, shed and three gas cylinders in an enclosed garden in Northam is being treated as arson.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in Lower Cleave, between 12.30am and 12.45am on Sunday.

It took fire crews from Appledore and Bideford more than four hours to put out the fire after finding the small Roma campervan, green Citroen Saxo and shed well alight.

They were alerted to the blaze by a neighbour who saw flames coming from vehicle.

At around 3.40am, it was confirmed one of the LPG gas cylinders had been leaking and crews used a cooling jet on it while liaising with a gas engineer for further advice.

An hour later, fire crews confirmed the cylinder, which was damaged in the fire, had been removed to safety.

Crews continued to apply a hose reel jet to break down the gas, and by 5.10am the fire was extinguished.

An investigation into the cause of the fire in still going and anyone with any information is asked to call police on non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference CD/13/1311.

0 comments

Other News Stories

50 minutes ago
The scene on the A39 tonight after two cars collided and caught fire. Picture: Kathryn-Racheal Ring

Members of the public have been praised for pulling two drivers out of burning vehicles following collision near Barnstaple on Friday night.

Read more
8 minutes ago

Fire in house in Gould Road started accidentally, said fire service.

Read more
11:11
This scenes from a video shot by Steve Pugsley shows the force of the waves.

Big waves are wreaking havoc for motorists who parked near the coast this morning (Monday)...

Read more
Police re-direct traffic following the fatal collision at the Sticklepath roundabout on Sunday afternoon. Picture: Submitted

Arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after ‘Barnhenge’ collision which killed 20-year-old motorcyclist.

Read more
07:34
Verity stands defiant as T-Rex approaches... Picture: Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Damien Hirst’s Verity almost ended up as dino food after an art-loving t-rex ‘escaped’ from his handlers during a trip to Ilfracombe.

Read more

Police warn horse owners to keep their eye out for anything suspicious during summer season after ‘isolated’ incident.

Read more
Bideford Carnival 2014. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Find out when and where you can catch carnivals in North Devon this summer.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:10
Ilfracombe Harbour.

An investigation into how a 58-year-old fell from the pier is now underway

Read more
Yesterday, 18:41
Scenes from North Devon Relay for Life 2015 at Barnstaple Rugby Club. Picture: @tidyeyepr

Best feet forward at annual Cancer Research UK fundraiser in Barnstaple...

Read more
Yesterday, 16:31

Six fire crews called out to fire at caravan park in Woolacombe where three casualties are being treated by ambulance personel.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition


North Devon's trusted business finder