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Police officers are injured dealing with Yeovil car fire

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

The scene in Highfield Road after a car fire

A man has been arrested and two police officers were left injured after a car fire in a Yeovil street.

Police and firefighters were sent to reports of an incident in Highfield Road where a man was in a burning car.

Police say two officers were injured as they approached the car.

Both were taken to hospital where one was treated for minor burns to his arm and another for an injury to the eye.

A 53-year-old man has been arrested and was in police custody yesterday morning.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident.

The road was closed and five fire engines attended the scene where a green Citroen was on fire at around 6pm.

When the road was reopened, one property was taped off and a green Citroen with a smashed windscreen was parked on the drive.

A small gas canister was seen sitting on the path in front of the car.

A fire and rescue service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a fire in Highfield road where a small car was found to be alight.

“We assisted police close the road and make sure the area was safe.

“The car fire was extinguished.”

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call Yeovil CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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