Following a fire in Reigate Surrey Police have issued the following statement.
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Man charged following Reigate fire
An 18-year-old man has been charged with arson following a suspicious fire at a property on Smoke Lane in Reigate at the weekend.
Surrey Police and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service launched a joint investigation following the incident which took place during the early hours of Saturday, 13 October.
The offender set fire to a large wooden shed which contained a selection of power tools.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Audrey Cumiskey of Reigate CID, said: “The fire completely destroyed the shed and caused a considerable amount of damage to the property stored inside but it is very lucky that the flames did not spread to the nearby house.
“This kind of reckless behaviour is completely unacceptable and I would appeal to anyone who has any information on the incident to contact us with information.”
Over £10,000 worth of damage and loss was caused during the fire but no injuries were reported from the occupants of the property.
Several units including detectives from CID and the dog unit attended the property and a short time later a man in his teens was arrested.
Later the same day, James Oliver Edward Dungey, 18, of Hazel Road in Woodhatch was charged and appeared at South West Surrey Magistrates Court (Guildford) on Monday, 15 October where he was remanded in custody to Wednesday, 14 November to appear at Redhill Magistrates Court.
Anyone with information on the fire is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference RB/12/8380 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.