Burnham fire crews help tackle Ilminster thatch roof blaze
from Burnham-On-Sea were among crews from across Somerset and
Dorset tackling a blaze at a thatched house near Ilminster on
Sunday afternoon (March 3rd).
The alarm was raised by the owners in Donyatt at around 1.30pm
when smoke was seen coming from the thatch roof.
fire engines, a water carrier, and a foam carrier were initially
sent to the property, where it was discovered that half the thatch
roof was on fire.
vehicles from Burnham-On-Sea fire station were sent to the scene
- a hose layer and a welfare unit.
Crews from Ilminster, Martock, Yeovil, Taunton, Burnham-On-Sea,
Crewkerne, Sherborne and Beaminster, Wellington, Street and Chard
worked to contain the fire during the afternoon which was finally
under control at 6.20pm.
fire service spokesman said the owners had managed to get out
safely and added: "The fire was confined to the thatch roof
of which thirty percent was damaged by fire. Forty percent of
the property was also damaged by smoke and water. The fire was
extinguished by fire crews using ladders for access, three compressed
air foam systems jets, four hose reel jets and a total of twenty
two breathing apparatus wearers."
The fire and emergency support service vehicle from the Red Cross
was also in attendance.