Care home evacuated after three cars catch fire in suspected arson attack

Southend Standard: Pictures by JOY WATKIN Pictures by JOY WATKIN

AROUND 30 pensioners were evacuated from a care home after three cars caught fire in a blaze that is being treated as arson.

Emergency services were called to Helmores in Laindon at about 9pm last night following reports of the blaze.

Witnesses reported hearing loud explosions as the vehicle’s petrol tanks exploded.

The cars were outside the flat but the flames began to creep towards the building. 

The police service confirmed they are initially treating the fire as suspicious but said that no-one was hurt.

Three vehicles were left burnt out, while two others were damaged as well as the flats.

Two fire crews from Basildon and one fire crew from Billericay managed to extinguish the blaze within about 15 minutes.

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11:49am Wed 18 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

What is it about Basildon and Southend that attracts arson nutters?
What is it about Basildon and Southend that attracts arson nutters? Kim Gandy

12:13pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Hellmores, couldn't make it up
Hellmores, couldn't make it up Nowthatsworthknowing

1:05pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Happys says...

What you trying to say nowthatsworthknowing if it was someone doing it then they have been dragged up not brought ,scum is the word glad no one was hurt .
What you trying to say nowthatsworthknowing if it was someone doing it then they have been dragged up not brought ,scum is the word glad no one was hurt . Happys

4:37pm Wed 18 Dec 13

_Lotus_ says...

Seriously, if they catch these arses, bang them up inside, for a **** long time.

Something is seriously wrong lately with some people, actually I hesitated as I went to type the word "people" then, they are feral.
Seriously, if they catch these arses, bang them up inside, for a **** long time. Something is seriously wrong lately with some people, actually I hesitated as I went to type the word "people" then, they are feral. _Lotus_

4:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Mikkel1 says...

Sounds very much like where I now live and NEVER a police patrol to be seen
Sounds very much like where I now live and NEVER a police patrol to be seen Mikkel1

12:31pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

The old Laindon Barbecue....
The old Laindon Barbecue.... Howard Cháse

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