June 29, 2016
Bonfire may have caused big blaze at derelict property in Brent Knoll

A bonfire may have caused a big blaze in Brent Knoll on Tuesday morning (June 28th) that badly damaged a property in the village.

Firefighters from across the Burnham-On-Sea area battled the blaze at a derelict thatched roof property in Brent Street shortly after 9.30am.

The fire was finally extinguished at around 1.30pm and crews said a garden bonfire near the building is thought to have caused the "accidental" blaze.

Firefighters used hose reel jets and breathing apparatus to bring the blaze under control, with the smoke visible for miles around.

Burnham Police diverted traffic around the village while emergency crews tackled the fire.

"Two appliances from Burnham, two from Bridgwater, three from Weston, and one from Cheddar were mobilised to a derelict thatched property on fire," a fire spokesman told

"The incident command unit from Street and the water carrier from Yeovil were also mobilised."

"Crews arrived on scene and confirmed the fire within the roof. Crews got to work with a compressed air foam jet."

By 10.45am crews had scaled the incident down to three appliances, the water carrier and an aerial ladder platform, sent from Bridgwater.

Crews worked externally with a water tower to bring the fire finally under control at lunchtime.

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