UPDATE - Police investigate two fires started deliberately

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Following reports of a bungalow fire at Coleby last night, police are now treating it, and another fire, as suspected arson.

The fire on Coronation Crescent, Coleby was reported to the Fire and Rescue Service at around 8pm last night (Monday) and fire investigators have now informed the police.

A police spokesperson has stated that it seems a wheelie-bin at the address was deliberately set on fire, the blaze then spread to the bungalow via a shed.

Early estimates put the cost of the damage at over £10,000. No-one was injured.

Around 15 minutes later a barn was reported to have been set on fire at a farm on Green Lane, Swinderby. The barn contained bales of hay and other items.

The damage to the barn and its contents has been estimated at over £70,000.

A small car, perhaps a Vauxhall Corsa or similar, was seen in the area shortly before the blaze was discovered. This car may or may not be connected to the incident but police are keen to eliminate it from their enquiries. Again no-one was injured in this incident.

At present officers cannot say that the two fires are linked in any way but that is a line of enquiry that they are pursuing. Both fires are being investigated as arson.

Anyone with any information about either incident is asked to call 101 quoting incident 344 for the Coleby fire or 390 for the Swinderby fire of December 29, for the information of Detective Sergeant Mark Booth of Lincoln CID.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.