Norfolk Fire and Rescue Serviceâ€™s first accelerant detection dog was deployed in Great Yarmouth this morning following a suspected arson.
Fire crews from Great Yarmouth were called to an address in the townâ€™s Nelson Road South at 20.13 on Wednesday. The fire was already out when the crews arrived but arson was suspected.
Fire investigation Officers, working with Norfolk Constabulary, asked for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's first Accelerant Detection Dog, Ben, to be deployed this morning.
Ben was able to confirm our suspicions that there were several â€˜seatsâ€™ of fire. A man is now in police custody.
Group Manager Richard Herrell, who carried out the Fire Investigation, said: â€œThe fact that Ben was able to confirm our suspicions in such a short time scale means that we can support the police with their investigation very quickly. The real message with incidents of this nature, is that Norfolk is geared up to assist in flushing out arsonist. Arson is a terrible crime which can lead to loss of life. With Ben as part of the detection team along with scenes of crime and the police it sends out a warning to would be arsonist that the chances of getting caught has significantly increased.â€
Since his arrival in June two-year-old Cocker Spaniel Ben has been working with his handler Station Manager Peter Abbs. Ben's role will be to assist fire investigators in detecting the presence of ignitable liquids which may have been used in cases of arson.