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Man hurt in caravan arson attacks in Telford

  • 8-28-2010

A man has been treated for smoke inhalation after the camper van he was sleeping in was among vehicles deliberately set alight in Shropshire.

Firefighters dealt with five vehicle fires on the Sutton Hill estate in Telford in the early hours.

Craig Jackson, crew manager at Tweedale, said the man was woken by a loud noise but managed to extinguish the fire.

Crews received three callouts to the area, including one prank call.

Mr Jackson said the first callout at about 0030 BST was to a caravan fire which had been started deliberately.

At 0330 BST the fire service were told some rubbish outside the same property was alight, but when crews attended the scene they realised it was a malicious call.

Investigation under way

The third call came about an hour later, when crews were called to a fire in Summer Hill, Sutton Hill.

"On arrival there were two vehicles alight - one camper van and one salon vehicle that are some distance apart," he said.

"Whilst we were dealing with these fires a gentleman came to say his camper van had also been set alight at the top of the road.

"And unfortunately he was sleeping in it at the time and so he was woken by a smash on the window."

Mr Jackson said the man was treated for shock and smoke inhalation by ambulance crews, but was now recovering.

He added there was a further caravan fire nearby.

The fire service and West Mercia Police are at the scene investigating the incidents and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

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