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UPDATED: Emergency services respond to "deliberate" vehicle fire at Uppingham

Fire news (4082510)
Fire news (4082510)

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue responded to a vehicle fire on the A47 at Uppingham on Monday (September 10) night.

The service received the initial emergency call from a passerby just before 10.30pm and one pump from Uppingham was dispatched to the scene.

On arrival, personnel found the fire had had been extinguished by a member of the public.

A spokesman said the vehicle, a Mitsubishi Warrior, had sustained "moderate" damage as a result of the blaze.

The Warrior is a popular pick up and a strong seller for the brand.

It is believed the fire was started deliberately and police were asked to attend the scene.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman confirmed officers had attended the incident.

"Police were called by the fire service just before 11pm yesterday (September 10) to a car fire on the A47, close to Uppingham," said the spokesman.

"It was reported a witness saw a man running from the car and getting into another vehicle shortly before the fire started.

"The fire was extinguished before officers arrived at the scene.

"It is believed the fire was started deliberately and enquiries are ongoing to identify anyone involved.

"No one was injured in the incident."

Anyone with any information relating to the fire is asked to call 101, quoting incident 704 of 10 September.

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