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Incident - Van Fire Spread to Property Fire

Date: 11/12/2012
Time: 21:34
Location: Manor Gardens, Horrabridge, Yelverton
Area: Western
County: Devon

The Fire Service received several calls reporting a van on fire at the above location.  One fire appliance from Yelverton was mobilised.  Further calls indicated that an adjacent property was also on fire and a second fire appliance from Tavistock was also mobilised.

Upon arrival, fire crews requested a third fire appliance from Tavistock and confirmed a van and house well alight.  Fire crews were at work with two breathing apparatus wearers and two hose reel jets.

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Services team were requested to attend this incident.

Fire crews confirmed all persons were clear of the property involved in fire and requested a fourth fire appliance from Bere Alston and the water bowser from Plympton for additional water.  The command vehicle from Greenbank with a support vehicle from Crownhill also attended.

Fire crews also requested the attendance of the incident support unit from Ivybridge for additional lighting.

Fire crews requested the attendance of Ambulance for one adult female suffering from smoke inhalation.  The number of breathing apparatus was increased to six.  Fire crews continued to damp down and turn over hot spots.

This was a fire involving a large van which was severely damaged by fire which had spread to a two storey domestic property measuring twelve metres by twelve metres.  Seventy five percent of the roof was severely damaged by fire and seventy five percent of the remainder of the property was damaged by heat, smoke and water.  The fire was extinguished by fire crews using six breathing apparatus wearers, three hose reel jets using water from street hydrants, ladders for access and emergency lighting.  Salvage sheets had been utilised to make the roof weatherproof.  Four occupants were attended to by Ambulance crews suffering from smoke inhalation.

The care of this property was left in the hands of the occupant who was making arrangements to secure the roof.  The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.


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