A 21-year-old woman has been charged with arson after a fire at a home for vulnerable people in St Austell.
11 adults were led to safety in the early hours of Thursday morning after the fire broke out in sheltered accommodation on Eastbourne Road. Around 30 firefighters were called.
The blaze started in an upstairs bedroom and spread to the roof.
Residents have been moved to another house in the town.
Firefighter Keith Coles from St Austell Fire Station said they had received reports that several people lived in the property:
– Sarah Moss, Housing Association spokeswoman
The crews attended made sure that all eleven clients living in the property are safe.
I cannot praise the Fire Service highly enough for the way they handled this incident.
The size and speed of their response prevented the fire from devastating the entire building.”
Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed a woman resident at the property in Eastborne Road in St Austell has been arrested and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.
The property houses people with special needs and Cornwall Council is rehousing the displaced residents.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said 11 residents had to be evacuated from the property in Eastborne Road.
Six fire engines from St Austell Mevagissey, Fowey St Dennis and Lostwithiel tackled the blaze.
The building is used as sheltered accommodation.
Eastbourne Road is St Austell is closed due to a large house fire near East Hill overnight. It is likely to stay closed well into the morning.