firefighters called to tackle thatch blaze
from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a fire at a thatched property
near North Petherton in the early hours of Friday (April 10th).
from Bridgwater, Taunton, Burnham, Wellington, Nether Stowey,
Ilminster and Street were called to tackle the blaze at Coxhill
Farm, next to Bridgwater/Taunton Canal at around 4am.
fire crews arrived at the scene they found the whole property
engulfed in flames and began battling the blaze using hoses with
water from the canal.
spokesman said: "The property affected was a two storey detached
property measuring approx 15m by 10m, with an annexe attached.
The property was 100% involved in fire."
Environment Agency was also involved with the incident as this
property is alongside the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal and every
effort has been made to contain any water run off."
carried out a watching brief for most of the day. A fire investigation
was carried out alongside Police CSI to determine that the cause
of the fire was deliberate.
property was later demolished by a mechanical digger due to the
unsafe structure of the building. Crews then used compressed air
foam to damp down hotspots.