Smoke and fire damage caused to Colyford property following wood burner fire

PUBLISHED: 07:43 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:43 20 March 2018

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Firefighters from three stations were called out last night after to tackle a wood burner in Colyford.

Crews from Seaton, Axminster and Colyton were deployed to Holyford Lane at 5.10pm yesterday.

On arrival the duty officer in charge confirmed there was a fire and crews started tackling the fire using four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and two thermal imaging cameras.

An ambulance was also called to assist a man who was suffering with smoke inhalation.

At 5.50pm, the officer said there was a fire in the boiler room a nearby two storey building, that measured 13 metres by 13 metres.

A fire service spokesman said: “There was extensive damage to boiler room and smoke damage to the rest of the building. Four breathing apparatus, two hose reels and two thermal imaging cameras still in use.”

Shortly before 6.15pm, crews began to naturally ventilate the building and expose ceiling joists using small tools.

At 6.51pm, the officer in charge said the boiler room had suffered ten percent fire damage and 25 per cent smoke damage to the property.

The spokesman added: “The cause of the fire was believed to be accidental. Seaton firefighters are re attending the property to conduct a safety visit later on this evening.”

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