Plymouth footbridge destroyed by fire damage
Posted on 7th May 2012
A Plymouth city footbridge has suffered fire damage after being deliberately set on fire.
Local fire services have said that the footbridge in St Budeaux is in serious need of fire damage repairs after being set alight today.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to the fire damage by numerous phone calls from concerned members of the public. The bridge was said to be very alight by the time fire fighters arrived on the scene.
The flames on the bridge took just over an hour to put out. Fire fighters used a portable pump, three hose reel jets and a main jet to tackle the fire. The bridge has been branded unsafe and left with police tape to deter would be walkers.
The fire damage is thought to have been deliberately started and local police are now seeking four teenagers - two girls and two boys - in connection with it.
The 30 metre-long bridge at Kinterbury Creek, on Wolseley Road, Plymouth, will need fire damage restoration works before it can be used again. The Environment Agency were told of the criminal damage to the bridge and were said to be concerned about potential water contamination and the safety of the remaining bridge.
It is thought that local residents and walkers alike will be very upset by the loss of this scenic footpath over the creek.
If you have any information regarding the bridge fire, authorities are asking that you call local police on 08452 777444, quoting log number 577 of May 5.