Rock water sports centre fire 'suspicious'

Fire service dog Nelson examining scene. Pic: Mark Hewitt Fire service dog Nelson was brought to examine the scene

A fire at a water sports centre in Cornwall is being treated as suspicious by police.

The blaze severely damaged the timber building in Rock, used to store sea scooters, after it broke out at about 03:00 BST.

More than 40 firefighters were called to the scene and water was pumped from the River Camel to extinguish the flames.

No-one was injured and nearby buildings were not evacuated, police said.

Officers have launched a joint investigation with the fire service into the cause.

A fire service dog was brought in to examine the scene.

Det Insp Tony Blatchford, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Thankfully there was no-one inside at the time, otherwise we could have been dealing with an even more tragic outcome."

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