Arson attack on caravan

The charred remains of the caravan after a fire on the outskirts of Harborough on Friday night. (Mail picture by Alex Blackwell)
The charred remains of the caravan after a fire on the outskirts of Harborough on Friday night. (Mail picture by Alex Blackwell)

Flames about 20 feet into the night sky could be seen on the outskirts of Market Harborough on Friday after a caravan was set alight by arsonists.

Crews from Harborough’s fire station were called to the scene at 7.23pm on Friday, said the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service daily report log.

A caravan had been set alight to the right side of Harborough Innovation Centre at Airfield Business Park.

Police were also called out and they closed off the nearby roundabout and directed traffic by hand away from the scene.

Eyewitness Alex Blackwell, who is the Mail’s deputy editor, said: “I was driving past at about 7.30pm and you could see the flames from some distance away.

“It looked like a lorry or something similar had been set alight. The flames were about 20 feet in the air.

“Police officers were directing traffic using hand signals.”

Firefighters used two breathing apparatus and two hose reels to put out the flames and the cause was ‘deliberate ignition’, said the fire service’s daily log report.

No-one was injured.

The blaze follows a similar incident in nearby Gallow Field Road earlier this month when two unoccupied caravans were set alight deliberately.

Story by Alex Blackwell

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