axbridge fire

Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were among three crews called out on Wednesday (February 6th) to tackle a property fire in Axbridge.

Crews were called to St Mary’s Street, Axbridge just before mid-day after a passer-by spotted flames coming from a top window of a home.

One fire engine from Cheddar, one from Wells and one from Burnham On Sea were sent to the scene, as pictured here.

A fire service spokesman said: “We received a call from a passer-by who noticed what appeared to be flames coming from a top window of a property.”

“Fire Control received further calls which reported that flames were seen coming from the roof of the property.”

“Fire Control made the decision to also mobilise an Aerial Ladder Platform appliance to assist with roof access.”

“On arrival, crews confirmed that there were no persons in the property and the surrounding properties had also been evacuated.”

“Smoke was confirmed to be coming from the first floor of the property and crews set to work with fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus to enter the property, using one hose reel jet, one safety jet and a thermal imaging camera.”

“At 12:36pm crews confirmed that a further hose reel jet was also in use and that the initial seat of the fire was now extinguished. Crews continued to check for further seats of fire and awaited the arrival of the Aerial appliance to assist in check the roof area.”

“At 12:44pm crews confirmed that all seats of fire had been extinguished and were using the aerial appliance to remove some roof tiles to check for any hot spots. At 1:28pm crews confirmed that fire fighting action was now complete but crews were still at work with the aerial appliance and safe working at heights equipment to replace some of the removed roof tiles to ensure the property was weather protected.”

The fire service confirmed the cause of the fire to be accidental and confirmed the fire started in a first floor bedroom.