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Incident - HGV Collision with Building

Date: 10/09/2018
Time: 18:07
Location: Silver Street, Axminster
Area: Central
County: Devon

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received a call from Police reporting a heavy goods vehicle had collided with a building and potentially ruptured a gas pipe.

Fire control immediately mobilised one fire appliance from Axminster, one fire appliance from Charmouth, the Environmental Protection Unit from Taunton, and a Hazardous Material and Environmental Protection Officer to attend this incident.

On arrival the officer in charge requested the attendance of the Heavy Rescue Unit to assist with shoring and securing the property.

Fire control actioned this request and mobilised the Heavy Rescue Unit from Middlemoor, Exeter to attend this incident.

The officer in charge confirmed a HGV had collided with a two storey building causing significant damage and resulting in partial building collapse. All persons were free and clear from the HGV before the arrival of the fire service. In addition the officer in charge confirmed there was no gas leak at this time.

The crew on scene got to work putting in place cordons for the safety of the public and the crews, isolating the utilities of the building and rendering welfare checks to the driver. All persons from the building were accounted for and no injuries were reported.

The officer in charge requested the attendance of ambulance for precautionary measures for the driver.

Further to the arrival of the Heavy Rescue Unit from Middlemoor the officer in charge requested the attendance of the Urban Search and Rescue Team from Station 60 Exeter to assist with securing the property and assisting with  specialist knowledge.

Police, Ambulance, Western Power, Wales and West Utilities and Building Surveyors were on scene assisting fire crews dealing with this incident.

At 21:32 Urban Search and Rescue making steady progress securing the property. The fire crews and police removed the HGV from the building and out of the risk area. For all on scene and public safety the cordons remained in place.

At 22:05 The property had been made secure by the fire service, all utilities were made safe and safety cordons remain in place for the safety of the public. The incident has now been handed over to the property owner and the police.   

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