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Investigation begins into fire that gutted Burnham-On-Sea home
investigation is underway into what caused a huge blaze that destroyed
a family home in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Wednesday) as local
residents have spoken of their shock at the incident.
fierce blaze spread quickly through the property in Burnham Road,
leaving a family homeless and a police officer in hospital with
the effects of smoke inhalation.
firefighters tackled the incident at the height of the blaze and
it took over three hours to bring fully under control and avoid
were on scene within five minutes of the first call and fire officer
Dick Solomon, above, said the crews had "worked very hard
in very hot conditions and were able to carry out a good job in
saving the property to the other side."
last night, the gas board were also in attendance to isolate a
suspected leaking gas supply at the property. Fire crews damped
down the property overnight.
expressed their shock at the incident. Nearby resident Steve Tanner
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a huge shock to come home
and find this had happened just across the street - I am so relieved
that no-one was hurt, but our thoughts are with the family."
resident, Christine Britton, added: "We were home when the
fire started - my nine-year-old son Max looked out and said 'mummy,
there's a house on fire'. It was a massive shock. After checking
that the fire service were on their way, we got all our windows
shut. The smoke was so thick you could hardly see across the street."
passing Burnham-On-Sea police officer who bravely helped to knock
down the property's front door to confirm that there were no people
inside suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital for
Road was fully closed at the junction with the Marine Drive roundabout
all of the afternoon and evening while crews were at the scene.
public footpath which runs next to the property was also closed
as a safety precaution.
30 homes were without power in the area due to the incident -
they were reconnected mid-evening by Western Power Distribution.
fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater, Cheddar, Weston
worked to extinguish the blaze, helped by a turntable ladder from
Avon Fire & Rescue Service.
command support unit from Cheddar, a welfare pod from Burnham,
and an incident support unit from Yeovil also attended.
total of 4 main jets, a compressed air foam jet, 2 hose reel jets,
an aerial ladder platform monitor and 16 BA wearers were used
to extinguish the fire," a fire spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
caused 100% fire damage to the property and 30% by fire to an
adjacent property. The cause of the fire has yet to be established
and is currently under investigation."
fire crews continued to damp down the building overnight to ensure
that no hot spots re-ignited.
were at the scene throughout the incident to ensure that motorists
adhered to the road closure, while ensuring local residents had
access to their homes.
neighbouring property to the building had scorch marks on its
walls and melted guttering hanging from its roof area.
of smoke towered into the sky when the incident first started
at 2pm on Wednesday.
turntable ladder from Avon Fire & Rescue Service was also
used to tackle the blaze fom above the property.
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