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Police investigate van fire in Pembroke

Out of bounds: The scene of this morning’s blaze at King’s Court on King Street (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Firefighters were called out to yet another blaze in Pembroke in the early hours of yesterday.

A crew of four firefighters from the Hamilton Fire Station responded to reports of a fire at King’s Court, on King Street, just after 5.30am.

A spokesman for the Bermuda Fire Service said: “Upon arrival, fire crews saw orange and greenish flames and dark black smoke issuing from a silver grey van which was fully involved in flames parked next to a pink two story dwelling.

“Two firefighters dressed in breathing apparatus equipped with a 11” attack hose line quickly extinguished the fire.“

The spokesman added that there was fire and smoke damage to the eastern exterior wall, windows, and air conditioner window unit of the lower apartment of a nearby building. There were no reports of any injuries.

A police spokesperson said: “The area was cordoned off as officers from the police Forensics Unit and Criminal Investigations unit along with a fire investigator processed the scene.”

Police said it was unclear whether the incident was linked to the recent spate of fires in the Pembroke area.

However, it is the sixth suspicious fire in the area in the last five weeks.

On March 11 a car and five bikes were damaged in a fire on Rambling Lane.

Eleven days later, a derelict home on Peat Lane was heavily damaged by fire in suspicious circumstances.

On March 25 another vehicle, parked on Parsons Road, burst into flames.

And on March 31 a second abandoned building – on St Augustine Lane – was extensively damaged.

Police made an arrest following a fifth fire at Pigs Field Park, on Bandroom Lane, in which a playground was destroyed.

According to a police spokesman, more arrests are expected.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Unit, on 247-1744.

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Published April 20, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated April 19, 2021 at 7:12 pm)

Police investigate van fire in Pembroke

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