Devon

Man arrested after after Torquay costume company fire

Fire-damaged costumes at Flame Torbay Costume Hire
Image caption Thousands of costumes were damaged or destroyed, the company said

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and arson following a fire at a costume warehouse in Devon.

About 40 firefighters were called to the fire at Flame Torbay Costume Hire in Market Street, Torquay, at about 0335 BST.

The two-storey building was badly damaged by smoke, the fire service said.

The company said thousands of costumes were damaged or destroyed.

The firm specialises in supplying military uniforms and outfits for film and television productions.

Most recently, it provided hundreds of uniforms for the Academy Award and Bafta-winning film The King's Speech.

Four appliances from Torquay and Paignton, plus an incident command unit, were called to the scene.

There were no reports of any injuries.

An investigation was being carried out in conjunction with police, the fire service said.

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