Published: July 31, 2008
Fire crews called to suspected arson attack on Highbridge building

Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to deal with a suspected arson attack on a disused building in Highbridge on Thursday evening (July 31st).

Two Burnham fire crews rushed to tackle the blaze in a property besides the railway line at 7.25pm, as pictured here.

Firefighters used a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze.

They also removed several gas cylinders from inside the property which had been scorched by the fire.

It came after the alarm had been raised earlier in the evening by a nearby resident dialling 999 after seeing smoke rising from the building, close to the recreation ground.

Talking to at the scene of Thursday night's incident, fire crews issued a strongly-worded warning about the dangers of setting gas cyclinders alight.

"It is important that local youngsters know how dangerous it is to set fire to gas cyclinders like these," said the fire spokesman. "They can easily explode when heated and do seriously injure and can kill."

One of the Burnham fire crews at Thursday night's blaze

Two scorched gas cylinders were removed from the building

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