Teens arrested on arson attack charge

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 July 2014

Inside one of the burned-out sheds - photo by Austin Sayer

Inside one of the burned-out sheds - photo by Austin Sayer

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FOUR women, including two teenagers, have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

A view of the garden where the fire broke outA view of the garden where the fire broke out

The young women are being accused of starting a blaze which wiped out a row of garden sheds and fences in a Weston cul-de-sac.

Neighbours believe a young woman was squatting in one of the sheds at the time.

The blaze broke out in the garden of a home in Milverton, Dunster Crescent, at 1am on June 18, before spreading into neighbouring properties.

Firefighters battled the blaze with high-pressure hoses for almost an hour, eventually leaving the scene at 1.45am.

Inside one of the burned-out sheds - photo by Austin SayerInside one of the burned-out sheds - photo by Austin Sayer

No-one was injured by the fire, but the sheds were left severely damaged and a number of gardens were strewn with blackened debris.

Two women in their 20s have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and have been released on police bail until later this month pending further inquiries. Two 16-year-old girls have also been arrested on suspicion of the same offence and have been bailed until the end of August .

The fire damage has now been removed from the row of gardens and the border fence has now been rebuilt along with one small shed, although damage to the trees and plants is still evident.

Some residents have found structual problems with their homes as a result of the fire, as the intense heat damaged the windows, doors and rooves.

15 Milverton, where the fire broke out15 Milverton, where the fire broke out

Neighbours say there has been an increased police presence in the area to help them come to terms with the frightening episode.

Police investigations are still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Weston CID on 101.

n Photo of damaged shed submitted by Austin Sayer.

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