A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of having a hand in an arson that tore through several houses for four hours.
The fire appeared to have been started deliberately in one of the houses at Bridge Road in Illogan on Tuesday at around 5 pm. The fire spread quickly to several adjacent houses fueled by strong winds, destroying properties and causing one of the roofs to collapse.
The strong winds whipped the fire to other properties through the roof spaces. Firefighters responding from several stations had a difficult time controlling the fire with the strong winds making it more challenging.
Police apprehended a man, aged 32, in connection with the destructive fire.
The police spokesman in Cornwall reported that the Devon and Cornwall Police along with the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were involved in an address after reports of an inferno on several residential properties in Bridge Road Illogan Redruth. The emergency services responded after several calls to 999 were made. He added that the fire spread uncontrollably; fortunately, no casualties were reported.
The suspect was taken to the Camborne Police Station. He was arrested at nearby shops when firefighters were trying to control the fire.
Tolvaddon and Hayle crews were the first to be sent to contain the fire, but three extra crews and additional support vehicles were deployed when the fire razed out of control.
A witness who lives in the neighborhood said that she saw the first house alight and the roof had caved in. The fire then spread to the next house.
Police units were in the area to control building traffic around the location of the fire. Police confirmed that all affected residents were safely evacuated without any visible injuries.
Firefighters managed to control the raging fire at around 9:30 pm.