Arson probe launched after fire destroys car and caravan in Colchester

Emergency services have attended a reported arson in Colchester 

Emergency services have attended a reported arson in Colchester - Credit: Essex Force Control Room

An investigation has been launched after a car and caravan containing gas cylinders were destroyed in a fire in Colchester during the early hours of this morning. 

Emergency services were called to reports of a fire at a property in Gilderdale Close, shortly before 1.55am today (Wednesday, December 1). 

The blaze destroyed the two vehicles and spread to a nearby house as well.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: "Both the car and the caravan — which contained gas cylinders — were 100% alight.

"Crews worked to prevent the fire spreading to the house."

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We arrived and found the fire had destroyed two vehicles.

"Thankfully no injuries were reported."

The spokesman added that an investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

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Anyone who was in the area at the time — has any dashcam footage or doorbell footage — is being asked to contact Essex Police on 101 quoting the incident number 57-01/12/2021.

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