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Man arrested on suspicion of arson after three homes are destroyed in Truro

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent following the fire in Truro. Photo: Keeley Alt Mitchell

A man has been arrested following a fire that destroyed three homes in Truro.

The 40-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent and is currently in police custody awaiting further questioning.

The blaze started in the bin area of the housing unit. Credit: Keeley Alt Mitchell

19 elderly and vulnerable people had to be evacuated from their homes as the fire spread in the early hours of Wednesday morning. No-one was hurt and the residents have now been rehoused. One resident told ITV News she was woken to the fire by her dog.

It took firefighters three hours to put the fire out. Credit: Keeley Alt Mitchell

The fire destroyed three homes and damaged two others. 60 firefighters tackled the blaze on Merrifield Close for three hours.