Police are investigating a suspected arson after a large fire in the Newquay area last night destroyed a barn.

Fire Control received the first of thirty-nine 999 calls reporting a large fire in the Treloggan area of Newquay at around 7.33pm on July 3.

Two appliances were mobilised from Newquay along with a station manager. Due to the volume of calls and information being received from callers a third appliance was mobilised from Perranporth.

When they arrived crews were faced with a fully alight barn measuring approximately 20m x 30m spreading to neighbouring hedgerows.

Photo from Sector 4 (Boundary cooling neighbouring properties) Photo from Sector 4 (Boundary cooling neighbouring properties) (Image: St Dennis Community Fire Station)

Firefighters requested a fourth appliance which was mobilised from St Columb. An Incident Command Unit was mobilised from Launceston and Operational Support Unit from St Austell.

Further calls for assistance were made by the Incident Commander and appliances were sent from St Dennis, Padstow and Tolvaddon, as well as an Environmental Protection Unit and Support Pump from Penzance.

At one point there were 56 firefighters on scene led by a group manager and two station managers. With good progress is being made in fighting the fire.

The fire was put out by 9.48pm with the incident scaled back and crews continuing to damp down. A crew remained on scene into the early hours to monitor for and extinguish any hotspots.

Arson is suspected. Anyone with any information should contact police quoting Log 805 of 03/07/24.

The fire comes hot on the heels of another fire that destroyed the Hotel California in Newquay on June 30.