Video: Night of drama in Fenland as police van catches fire and arsonists torch derelict bungalow

IT was a busy Saturday night for Fenland’s firefighters after a police van caught fire and a derelict bungalow was targeted by arsonists.

Twenty firefighters were called to the bungalow fire on the A141 Wisbech Road in Westry at 6.20pm. They arrived to find the bungalow was well alight with flames through the roof.

Two crews from March, one from Chatteris and one from Wisbech tackled the fire using three jets and two hose reels.

Crews returned to their fire stations by 11.20pm. The road was closed for several hours while crews tackled the blaze.

Police are investigating the fire. A fire service spokeswoman said today: “If you have information about this incident, contact police on 0345 456 4564, or alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The bungalow is roughly opposite St Mary’s Church, which was destroyed by fire almost 12 months ago. Eyewitnesses said police had been at the bungalow on Saturday afternoon following reports from residents in the area complaining of noise and disturbances at the property.

While firefighters were at the scene of the bungalow blaze, a police van caught fire whilst travelling along Station Road in March. The fire also spread to a nearby car.

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A crew from Wisbech and a crew from Whittlesey were called to the fire at 7.10pm. Crews used two hose reels to extinguish the fire and returned to their fire stations by 8.55pm.

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