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Firefighters continue to investigate council office fire

Firefighters are continuing to investigate a major fire at a council office building in South Oxfordshire.

Police believe the building, as well as a thatched house and a funeral home, were deliberately targeted and officers have arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of arson.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers is at the scene:


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Aerial views of burning cottage - one of three Oxfordshire fires

Fire crews in Oxfordshire have been dealing with three fires. They were called to a thatched cottage at Rokemarsh, a nearby funeral parlour and the buildings of South Oxfordshire District Council. Video shows damage to the cottage. A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Eyewitness saw 'wreckage of car' inside council building

Eyewitness Karl Mitchell-Shead has told ITV News that he saw the wreckage of a car inside the South Oxfordshire District Council office building.

"There was what looked like a chassis of a vehicle - I'm pretty sure someone had driven into the foyer," Mr Mitchell-Shead said.

The amateur photographer said the building had been "completed devastated" by the blaze.


Oxfordshire fires: What we know

  • Police believe three fires at a council office, a thatched house and a funeral home in Oxfordshire are linked
  • The first fire at a thatched property was reported at 3.11am
  • The second at a funeral home was at 3.20am
  • A fire at council office buildings was reported at the same time
  • A 47-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of arson
  • Police believe a vehicle may have "collided" with building prior to fire
  • No injuries have been reported
  • It is not believed to be a terrorist act

Police: No reported injuries as result of Oxford fires

Thames Valley Police have advised that there are no reported injuries as a result of today's fires in Oxford.

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