MURROW: Fire crews stopped from getting to arson attack on mobile home site

FIRE crews had to fight a blaze from the roadside after residents stopped them in their tracks as they tried to dampen the flames of a blaze at Murrow . Two mobile homes and a brick building were destroyed by flames but fire crews arriving at Turf Fen Bri

FIRE crews had to fight a blaze from the roadside after residents stopped them in their tracks as they tried to dampen the flames of a blaze at Murrow .

Two mobile homes and a brick building were destroyed by flames but fire crews arriving at Turf Fen Bridge site were stopped from entering.

However they were able to fight the blaze from the side of the road after receiving a 999 call late Sunday- it took three hours to ensure the blaze was totally out.

Police say the fire was started deliberately and "inquiries are ongoing" said a spokesman.


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Reports that a resident on the site was assaulted prior to the blaze were not confirmed by the police spokesman.

"We have had no complaints of an assault in connection with this incident," said the spokesman.

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A fire service spokesman said: "The first crew got to the scene within five minutes. In total one crew from Thorney, one crew from Wisbech and one crew from March attended.

"Firefighters discovered that two caravans were on fire. They extinguished the fires using four hose reels. Both caravans were destroyed."

The site was the scene of a blaze last year which later resulted in a man being found not guilty of murdering his mum and attempting to murder his dad.

Richard Branch not guilty of murdering his elderly mother Lavinia, 71, who died aged 71 last May in a fire in her caravan on the Turf Fen Bridge site near Murrow.

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