in arson probe after East Huntspill house is destroyed by blaze
have launched an arson probe after a huge fire destroyed this
vacant farmhouse near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend.
crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called out on three separate days
to extinguish blazes at the property in Withy Road, East Huntspill,
as pictured here.
fire crews from Burnham, Weston and Bridgwater initially battled
the huge blaze at 11.45pm on Saturday night, as we reported here.
Burnham's fire crews were then called back to the site again on
Sunday afternoon and for a third time on Monday evening when passers-by
reported seeing smoke emerging from the property.
spokesman Paul Slaven told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Our investigation
indicates the fires were as a result of suspected arson."
is worrying when we are called to deliberate fires because fire
crews could be taken away from life-threatening incidents elsewhere,
putting people in danger."
local resident, who asked not to be named, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It is such a shame that this wonderful old building has
been destroyed - the property had been derelict for some time
since the owner passed away and was due to be auctioned later
in just a few days time."
Roger Tolley from Burnham Police confirmed: "Incidents like
this are treated very seriously and could have a major impact
if lives are threatened elsewhere."
with information about the fires is asked to contact Burnham Police
via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the non-emergency number