tackle 'suspicious' early morning Burnham-On-Sea house blaze
was the dramatic scene in Burnham-On-Sea early on Sunday morning
(July 21st) when fire crews battled a 'suspicious' blaze which
tore through a home.
from Burnham, Bridgwater, Street and Wiveliscombe were called
to the property in St John's Road shortly after 4am.
detached domestic property was well alight when we arrived. We
tackled it with four breathing apparatus wearers, one main jet
and two hose reel jets," a spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
crews searched the ground floor, first floor and roof space with
no-one believed to be inside."
cause is under investigation by the fire service and police, and
a source at the scene said there are "suspicions that it
had appeared to have been set deliberately."
resident Tony Haggett told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We woke up
to the sound of breaking glass and looked out to see flames leaping
out of the downstairs windows. The fire quickly spread to the
house has been empty for some time and we are pretty sure no-one
was inside. The quick response of the fire brigade was superb
- they had it under control within a few minutes."
said that 80% of the ground floor and 50% of the first floor had
been damaged by fire and heat, while 20% of the roof space was
fire engines from Burnham plus a further two fire appliances from
Bridgwater and an incident command vehicle from Street with a
support appliance from Wiveliscombe attended.
have appealed for witnesses who saw anything suspicious to contact
them via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the non-emergency number