Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were called out this afternoon (Saturday) alongside crews from across the county to tackle a blaze at the Puriton Inn near Bridgwater.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was initially called at 12.08pm to the pub in Puriton following reports of a kitchen fire.

“When the first crews arrived they confirmed smoke and flames were issuing from a commercial kitchen with the fire believed to be spreading to the roof,” said a spokesman.

“Fire Control immediately mobilised three fire appliances from Bridgwater, one from Burnham-On-Sea, the Aerial Ladder Platform from Bridgwater, and an Operational Assurance Officer,” said a spokesman.

“Crews got to work extinguishing the fire using two Breathing Apparatus wearers, one Hose Reel Jet and one Safety Jet.”

“At 12.56pm the Incident Commander made pumps six for additional Breathing Apparatus. These further appliances and support vehicles were sent from Taunton, Nether Stowey, Yeovil and Street.”

“At 1.16pm there were four Breathing Apparatus, three Hose Reel Jets and one Safety Jet were in use. Crews were carrying out damping down and cutting away to expose further hot spots.”

“This was a fire in a commercial kitchen of a two storey property measuring approximately 20mx15m. The fire caused 60% damage to the kitchen and a further 5% damage to first floor.”

The pub said on its Facebook page: “Due to a kitchen fire, we unfortunately have to closed the pub until the clean-up has been completed and kitchen assessed. The pub will re-open as soon as possible selling drinks and snacks. Thankfully no-one was injured.”