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Woman, 71, charged with arson after blaze at her Brixham home

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 13, 2014


Torquay Magistrates Court

A 71-YEAR OLD woman accused of setting fire to her Brixham home has appeared in court.

Christina Crook, of Cumberland Green, is charged with arson with intent to endanger life on Tuesday.

She appeared at Torbay Magistrates Court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody until the next hearing at Exeter Crown Court on March 27. Emergency services were called to the Brixham address after neighbours saw flames in the front bedroom of the property. A woman was out of the building, but needed treatment for smoke inhalation.

The blaze caused extensive damage to the single-storey building. The fire service received reports of the fire in the cul-de-sac at 5.50am.

Pat Whitaker, who lives opposite, said she spotted what she thought were 'red lights flashing' in her neighbour's house. She added: "I was up at 4.30am to walk my dog William. When I looked through the curtains I could see across into the little bedroom window. The flames were coming up behind the window and I immediately called the fire brigade.

She praised the quick response of the fire brigade and the way they dealt with the blaze.

Another neighbour said she had seen the flames and the emergency services arrive at the scene.

"I've lived here for five years and the lady who lives there was here before me.She always says hello when I see her."

Two fire engines from Brixham were sent to the blaze.

On arrival crews found a woman suffering with smoke inhalation and an ambulance was requested to attend. Crews used six breathing apparatus, two hose reels jets, one safety jet and positive pressure ventilation fan. By 10am detectives were at the scene and speaking to neighbours about what had happened.

Police confirmed the cause of the fire is being investigated.

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