Peacehaven man in custody after fire destroys caravan outside house

Posted On 18 Dec 2016 at 11:32 pm

A Peacehaven man was in custody today (Sunday 18 December) having been arrested after fire destroyed a caravan parked outside a house.

Sussex Police is treating the fire as an arson attack and said: “A man has been arrested after fire completely destroyed a caravan parked outside a house in Peacehaven on Saturday evening (17 December).

“East Sussex Fire and Rescue were called to the house in Downland Avenue just before 12 midnight where the caravan was well alight and a number of small explosions, probably from gas canisters, were occurring.

“The caravan was burnt out and an adjacent fence was damaged by the fire. The occupants of the house were evacuated but were uninjured and later given the all clear by firefighters to return.”

Crews from Roedean, in Brighton, and Newhaven put out the fire.

Sussex Police added: “Police investigating the incident have asked for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious in the area during Saturday evening to email or call 101 quoting serial 1523 of 17/12.”

Police said that a 20-year-old man from Peacehaven was arrested at the scene on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life or being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

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