Dozens of firefighters battle blaze in Ilfracombe house for hours

General view of a fire engine
-Credit: (Image: Axminster Fire Station)

A fire at a home in Devon was tackled by firefighters from three stations. Three fire crews originally arrived on the scene, but further help was soon requested and a fourth engine attended the blaze in the late afternoon yesterday (Saturday, June 8) in Ilfracombe.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said the call came at 5.25pm: "Fire control received reports of a fire in the loft space of a residential property. Control mobilised three fire engines and an aerial ladder platform to the incident, and on arrival crews confirmed smoke issuing from the roof.

"Further assistance was soon requested and fire control mobilised a further fire engine."

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The fire, which is believed to have been set accidentally, caused fire damage and smoke damage to the loft. The firefighters used breathing gear, a hose reel jet, two thermal imaging cameras, gas monitors and a triple extension ladder to combat the blaze.

The incident concluded just after 9.30pm. No further information was released.

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