Fire at thatched Devon cottage as six dogs rescued

Firefighters were sent to the scene (stock image)
-Credit: (Image: Buckfastleigh Fire Station)


Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze overnight at a thatched property in North Devon. Six dogs were rescued from the property before crews worked throughout the night to contain the fire.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service told the BBC other animals were at the property, including llamas and horses, but they were outside and not harmed in the blaze. At least eight fire appliances responded to the incident, battling flames until 1am this morning (Monday, May 27).

South Molton Fire Station said: "Eight fire appliances from North and Mid Devon, a water bowser from Exeter and an aerial ladder platform from Barnstaple were mobilised at 6.20pm to a thatch roof on fire."

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The first appliance was in attendance at the Bishop's Nympton blaze within ten minutes and entered the property to rescue six dogs. All crews worked hard to prevent fire spread to neighbouring thatch properties for five hours.

Later the fire service said relief crews were in attendance continuing to damp down hotspots and monitor the property.

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