January 10, 2016
Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea battle property fire in Wedmore

Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea were among crews from across Somerset who battled a huge fire in Wedmore last night (Saturday) that left two properties damaged.

Crews from Cheddar, Wells, Glastonbury, Burnham-On-Sea, Street, Shepton Mallet, Bridgwater and Weston were sent to the scene after a caller reported at 6.20pm that a roof was on fire at The Old Post Office in Cocklake, Wedmore.

Firefighters battled the blaze over the course of several hours as it quickly spread, and it was extinguished using ten breathing apparatus wearers, 2 hose reel jets and 2 covering jets.

The crews removed part of the roof to tackle the blaze and inspect it while also weather-proofing the property.

A spokesman said: "It is believed that the fire started in the first floor of the Old Post Office. There was fire damage to the bedroom, on the first floor was 50% and 80% smoke damage while 20% fire damage occured in the roof space."

A Fire and Emergency Support Vehicle, manned by the Red Cross, was in attendance to offer welfare and support to the occupiers, who were unharmed.

The fire is believed to have started accidentally. A re-inspection was set to be carried out by local fire crews early today, Sunday.

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