Arsonists torch caravans

ARSONISTS have struck again in Felixstowe.Gas pipes on four caravans at a holiday park were set alight causing thousands of pounds of damage.Four crews of firefighters had to tackle the blaze and said it was a miracle that the caravans did not explode in to a fireball when the pipes were lit.

ARSONISTS have struck again in Felixstowe.

Gas pipes on four caravans at a holiday park were set alight causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Four crews of firefighters had to tackle the blaze and said it was a miracle that the caravans did not explode in to a fireball when the pipes were lit.

This arson attack comes one day after a trader's business was devastated when all his Christmas stock was set alight by firebugs.


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However today mystery surrounds the fire at the Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park as staff and caravan owners refused to comment about the damage the arsonists have caused to four holiday homes.

The incident at the park in Walton Avenue was reported last night at 8pm. Initially one fire engine was called as only one caravan was reported to be on fire. However an extra crew of firefighters were sent after it was discovered two of the caravans which can cost up to £20,000 was on fire.

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Then a further two fire engines were called when all four caravans were alight.

No one was injured but firefighters said that lives could have been lost.

Assistant divisional officer Paul Seager said two pipes leading to the caravans had been severed, and the offenders then set alight to the gas.

"When people start setting light to gas cylinders the potential is quite severe," he said.

"It could have caused a huge fireball. We were lucky none of them exploded. They could have blown themselves up and others with them."

Police have launched an investigation but have said that there is no suggestion at this moment in time that the arson attacks last night and the previous night in Coronation Drive were linked. They are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious at the time of the fire to contact them on 01473 613500.

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