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Fire destroys chalet on country site.

A FIRE which destroyed a Northumberland chalet and saw neighbouring properties evacuated is being treated as arson.

The fire in a chalet at a site at Ovington, near Prudhoe, saw the property burnt to the ground in the early hours of yesterday.

Residents of nearby chalets were evacuated by police.

Northumbria Police has revealed the fire was a suspected arson.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service was called to the fire in a chalet on a site near the A69 at 3.25am.

At first, it was not known whether the property was occupied.

Crews from Hexham and Prudhoe attended and used jets, breathing apparatus and hose reels while police evacuated neighbouring properties.

The fire spread to an unoccupied neighbouring chalet and crews had to knock down part of a wall to deal with it.

The blaze was eventually put out at around 7am, having destroyed the chalet.

Emergency services eventually established that the property had been empty. The fire and rescue service is carrying out an investigation into how the blaze started although police are referring to it as suspected arson.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2014
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