March 5, 2011
fire caused Highbridge house blaze, conclude investigators
Investigators have concluded that a Highbridge house blaze
earlier this week was accidentally caused by a gas fire.
reported on Tuesday how two
people had managed to escape unhurt from the three-storey property
at Lakeside as five fire crews tackled the blaze, which
started at 1.43am.
Fire spokesman Garry Alford told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday:
"The fire investigation has concluded that the fire was of
accidental cause, believed to be as a result of conducted or radiated
heat from an internal gas fire igniting the timber frame structure
of the dwelling."
is likely that the fire developed within the walls and ceiling
voids for some hours before the occupants became aware of it and
subsequently called the Fire and Rescue Service."
"The fire caused extensive damage to the internal structure
and fabric of the building at both first and second floor levels,
but fortunately nobody was injured."
He added that smoke detectors were fitted within the property
and did operate when there was sufficient smoke.
"This reinforces the advice that the public should always
ensure that they have a working smoke detector on each storey
of their property."
Pictured are fire crews at the scene of this week's blaze