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Incident - Thatch property fire

Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 18:35
Location: Sowton, near Exeter
Area: Central
County: Devon

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received a call from a member of the public reporting that their thatch roof was on fire in a property at the above location.

Fire appliances from Middlemoor, Topsham, Danes Castle, Ottery St Mary, Cullompton and Exmouth were immediately mobilised by Fire Control.

On arrival the officer in charge confirmed there to be a thatch roof well alight.

Crews got to work using breathing apparatus, hose reel jets, main jets and compressed air foam to begin to tackle the fire.

The incident commander requested the attendance of further appliances from Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Ashburton and Tiverton along with an aerial ladder platform from Torquay and water carriers from Danes Castle and Torquay.

UPDATE at 0130hrs. Crews are making steady progress damping down the fire with one hose reel jet and water monitor from the aerial ladder platform. Relief crews are in place from stations across Devon and Somerset.

UPDATE at 0300hrs. Crews still damping down hotspots, making steady progress. Building stability being monitored. Two light portable pumps are at work pumping water from a nearby stream to the aerial ladder platform and main jet.

UPDATE at 2330hrs 10/03/18. Crews have continued to dampen down hotspots and have now left the scene, to return in the morning for a revisit.


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