Man is quizzed over lorry blaze

PUBLISHED: 14:55 02 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

A MAN has been arrested after a suspected arson attack on a lorry parked in a Felixstowe street.

A MAN was arrested in the early hours of today after a suspected arson attack on a lorry parked in a Felixstowe street.

Truck owner Ian Maddocks was left facing disruption to his business, Felixstowe Scaffolding Contracts, following the fire, which gutted the vehicle.

A fire crew from the town's station fought the blaze, which was spotted just after midnight.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels and managed to put out the flames and damp down in just under 30 minutes, but the damage to the one-ton flatbed lorry was severe.

The cab was wrecked and there was also damage to the back of the vehicle and scaffolding equipment stored on it.

Mr Maddocks, 36, who lives with his girlfriend and their two sons in Church Lane, Walton, Felixstowe, had left the lorry parked opposite his home.

"It happened just after midnight and the fire service came very quickly but the fire had already taken hold," he said.

He used the lorry for his business and would now have to go through his insurers to get a new one or hire one.

Scenes of crime officers were expected to inspect the lorry this morning and look for evidence.

A police spokeswoman said a 46-year-old man from Felixstowe had been arrested in connection with suspected arson and was being questioned by detectives. No charges had been brought yet. Investigations were continuing.

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