Cars and caravan set alight on Lake Road

September 29 2020

 SEVERAL vehicles were deliberately set on fire on a road in Southmead, prompting suspicions of arson.
 At around 3am on Saturday September 5, several cars and an unoccupied caravan were set alight on Lake Road.
 Residents woke up to a huge bang as cars along their street exploded into flames.
A fire in a caravan spread to the house nearby, causing the windows to shatter and scorching the brickwork. Fortunately, the householder was able to leave the house unharmed.
A spokesman for Avon Fire & Rescue said: “Crews from Southmead, Temple, Patchway, Avonmouth and Kingswood were mobilised at 03:17hrs to reports of a vehicle fire.
 “On arrival, firefighters found a fire affecting one caravan and one van which had spread to the ground and first floor of the private property. It was also affecting two surrounding properties. There were also three cars alight along the road.
“Firefighters used six breathing apparatus for safety and seven hose reels to extinguish the fire. Crews also used thermal imaging cameras to check for hotspots and small gear to check for further damage.
“Police and ambulance crews were also in attendance. The cause is thought to be deliberate.”
 The police are calling for witnesses, CCTV and dashcam footage.
 A spokesman for Avon & Somerset Police also added: “Several cars and an unoccupied caravan were set alight, with the flames spreading to cause extensive damage to the front of a nearby house. Thankfully no one was hurt, but given the time of night this act endangered the lives of the householders.”
If you saw anyone behaving suspiciously in the area, have anything captured on CCTV or dashcam or have any other information, the police want to hear from you.
If you can help, call 101 and quote reference 5220201303. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never tell us who you are, just what you know.