'Suspicious' St Austell house fire investigated by police
- 21 November 2013
- From the section Cornwall
Police are investigating the cause of a "suspicious" fire which completely destroyed a vacant house in St Austell.
More than 50 firefighters from across Cornwall battled the flames at the height of the blaze, which started at about 21:00 GMT on Wednesday.
A family was evacuated from a neighbouring property when the fire in Victoria Road threatened to spread, Devon and Cornwall Police said.
No-one was injured in the fire, which has made the building unstable.
A police spokesman added: "The building is deemed to be unsafe and a structural engineer is due to attend to assess the building. This may hamper a prompt investigation being carried out.
"At this time the fire is thought to be suspicious."