The fire service says the cause of a serious Highbridge flat blaze in which a man died on Friday (November 8th) is ‘still under investigation’.

Four fire crews were called to the blaze at the rear of a commercial property in Market Street shortly after 11am, as Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here.

Crews tackled the fire for several hours and fully extinguished it at around 2.45pm.

“This was a fire involving a 2-storey flat, there was 90 per cent fire and 100 per cent smoke damage to the property,” said a fire spokesman on Friday evening.

He added: “Crews used two hose reel jets and six breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.”

A Police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We were called to reports of a property fire in Market Street in Highbridge about 11.15am.”

“The occupant of the flat – a man – sadly died. We are treating the death as unexplained and enquiries into the incident continue.”

“Roads in the area were closed to allow the emergency services to deal with the fire.”

A fire service spokesman added: “Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea, plus one from Bridgwater and one from Taunton, were sent to a report of smoke issuing from a domestic property.”

“On arrival crews confirmed that there was a fire at the rear of the property in a storage area that had spread to the property.”

“Crews extinguished the fire and then dealt with some slight smoke logging in the property.”

The fire crews also said a “massive thank you” to Maisey’s Bakery for the tea coffee and cakes through the day.

 


Pictured: Scenes during Friday (Photos: Burnham-On-Sea.com & Burnham Fire Station)