March 1, 2011
Shocked Highbridge couple escape early morning house blaze
people managed to escape unhurt from this Highbridge home in the
early hours of today (Tuesday) after a huge fire.
Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Lakeside in Highbridge
at 1.43am after receiving a call that the three-storey property
Two fire appliances from Burnham and Taunton initially attended
the scene and a hydraulic platform and six firefighters with breathing
apparatus were used to tackle the flames and halt the smoke issuing
from the wall vents and roof.
2.09am the Officer in Charge added a further two pumps to the
incident and crews with breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet
to tackle the fire.
At 2.40am, a fifth pump was called to the scene and a window
on the second floor was smashed to help ventilate the home.
"The incident was brought fully under control at 3.58am
and the cause of the fire is now under investigation," a
fire spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "There was damage
to the contents, floors and walls by fire, heat and smoke."
A neighbour at the scene told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The couple
inside were understandably shocked, but otherwise unhurt."
Our photos show the Highbridge home where today's fire took