POLICE are hunting an arsonist in West Somerset after a second firebug attack on an empty holiday park in six months.
The blaze on Friday night (May 19) was almost identical to one which destroyed a caravan and two sheds on the same site in Watchet last December.
It was also the second arson incident in the town in two days, after Williton fire crews dealt with a hedgerow and fencing which was on fire on Thursday (May 18) evening.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue received multiple calls about Friday’s incident just before 8.30 pm, the same time of day as the December blaze occurred.
Initially, the brigade thought a number of caravans and buildings had been torched at the former Helwell Bay caravan park, which has 19 holiday homes and closed in 2019.
Both Williton fire engines were mobilised along with one from Minehead and a supporting officer as flames could be seen from the surrounding area.
But the firefighters quickly confirmed only one static caravan was alight and the Minehead appliance was stood down.
The Williton crews used two hose reel jets and a raking fork to tackle the fire and a thermal imaging camera to check for any hotspots.
The firefighters confirmed the fire had deliberately been started and called for police to attend to investigate.