Man detained after 'deliberate' car fire in Axminster

The FBU have reacted to the proposals. Picture: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters attended the incident in Lyme Road - Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Resc

A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after a suspected arson attack on a car in Axminster. 

Firefighters were called out from Axminster fire station to Lyme Road at about 11.15pm on Thursday, December 30.

They found the car well alight and tackled the fire with two breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and a thermal imaging camera. They also used equipment from the Environment Agency to contain fuel and oil that were spilling from the vehicle, and Highways were brought in to deal with the spillage on the carriageway. 

The fire service said the blaze was believed to have been started deliberately.

A police spokesperson said: "Police were called at 11.15pm last night to Lyme Road, Axminster following reports of a vehicle fire.

"Emergency services attended the scene and the fire was extinguished and the vehicle later recovered.

"A man was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken into the care of health professionals."

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