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Woman, 21, in custody after blaze at sheltered housing

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 04, 2013

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze at the Stonham Housing Association block at 6 Eastborne Road, St Autell. BOTL20130829A-001_C

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A 21-YEAR-OLD woman charged with arson with intent to endanger life at St Austell sheltered accommodation has remanded in custody until a crown court hearing.

Francesca Jones, of Eastbourne Road, St Austell, appeared before Bodmin magistrates in custody on Friday following a fire in a room at a Stonham Housing property shortly after midnight on Thursday.

Jones is also charged with causing criminal damage to the shop window of Warren's Bakery in Fore Street, St Austell, late on the night of Wednesday, August 28.

There was no application for bail and Jones was remanded in custody until September 25 when she will appear at Truro Crown Court.

Firefighters were scrambled to the two-storey Stonham Housing Association block at 6 Eastborne Road shortly before 1am.

They arrived from St Austell, Mevagissey, Fowey, St Dennis and Lostwithiel.

Four firefighters wearing breathing equipment used two jet hoses on the blaze, as well as an aerial ladder frame from Truro, which they set up in the road.

Shortly after the incident, Sarah Moss, client services manager of Home Group, which owns Stonham Housing Association, praised the firefighters for their efforts.

"The crews attended and made sure that all 11 clients living in the property were safe," she said.

"I cannot praise the fire service highly enough for the way they handled this incident.

"Some of our clients are moving in with friends and family while we assess the extent of the damage to the property.

"We are currently liaising with other agencies and the council to sort temporary accommodation for the remainder."

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