Car fire was arson, says fire service

PUBLISHED: 11:10 27 June 2012

The cause of a car fire in Barnstaple is being investigated by fire and police officers. Picture for illustration only.

The cause of a car fire in Barnstaple is being investigated by fire and police officers. Picture for illustration only.

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Fire investigators and the police have visited a garage in Brixington after a car was destroyed in what the fire service is calling an arson attack

Exmouth firefighters believe a blaze which destroyed a car parked in a garage in Brixington was an arson attack.

Crews were called to Elizabeth Road in the early hours of yesterday morning after the fire service received several reports of a building on fire.

Firefighters found a silver Nissan car inside a garage was well alight.

Watch commander Nigel Snowshall said: “The fire is under investigation because we believe the cause of the fire to be suspicious. Arson is suspected.”

The fire crews wore breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze.

Respiratory equipment was also worn by firefighters after it was confirmed asbestos was present in the building.

Mr Snowshall said: “When we got there the car and the garage was already well alight and the fire was through the roof.

“Unfortunately there was asbestos in the roof so we had to take precautions for the health and safety of the firefighters and also the bystanders.

“Because of the enclosed nature of the garage, although it was only a reasonably small fire, it was quite intense.”

Mr Snowshall said foam had been used to extinguish a fuel fire when the vehicle’s fuel pipe caught alight and also to damp down the asbestos.

The blaze was brought under control shortly before 4.30am.

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