Torpoint man 'doused himself in petrol'

Firefighters have been praised for saving the life of a man who allegedly doused himself with petrol and started setting fire to his house.

Emergency services were called to Torpoint, in Cornwall, at about 03:00 BST.

Firefighters flooded the house with water and "probably saved this man's life" according to a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman.

A 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

When police and firefighters arrived at the scene, a man was holding a petrol can and the property from the outside smelt strongly of petrol, said a police spokesman.

'Quickly extinguished'

He said: "Police and fire were attempting to engage with the man, who began setting fire to items within the house.

"At that time the fire service took action and flooded the house with water and gained entry.

"The fire was quickly extinguished and the man was stopped from doing further harm."

A police spokesman said: "Fire service colleagues and police response officers were working under tremendously challenging conditions and decisive quick thinking probably saved this man's life."

There were three dogs in the property which the man released into the garden before the fire started.

A man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and is currently in police custody where he will undergo a mental health assessment.

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