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A38 crash: Arson arrest after car crashes into house

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image captionThe car crashed into the house on the A38 near Bodmin at 19:30 BST on Sunday

A driver whose car crashed into a house causing it and the car to catch fire has been arrested on suspicion of arson offences.

The occupants of the house, on the A38 Glyn Valley Road near Bodmin, in Cornwall, and a "large number of dogs" had to be rescued by officers.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the driver, 27, from Bodmin, was initially trapped in the car by the fire.

He was taken to hospital with a broken arm and soft tissue injuries.

A police spokesman said officers were called to the scene at 19:30 BST on Sunday.

The spokesman said the driver, who was "conscious and breathing although in heavy shock and substantial pain", was extracted from his vehicle shortly before police arrived.

He was later arrested on suspicion of arson with intent and released on police bail at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where he remains.

image captionPolice said the occupants of the house were not hurt in the incident

The road was closed for several hours while the incident was investigated and firefighters carried out "prolonged damping down".

In a tweet, Fowey Community Fire Station said its firefighters would be checking the property for any hotspots.

The tweet added: "Please slow down if you're driving past and keep your eyes on the road."

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