Chimney fire spreads

Firefighters from Seaton, Colyton and Sidmouth tackle blaze.

FIREFIGHTERS from Seaton requested back-up after arriving at the scene of a chimney fire last night.

Seaton watch commander Robin Hammett made the request after finding a house in Underleys, Beer, heavily smoke-logged and the blaze spreading.

A crew from Colyton and, later, a third crew from Sidmouth attended the scene.

Shortly before 10pm on Friday night, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire in the chimney has spread to the first floor bedroom.

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“Crews are fighting the fire with two breathing apparatus wearers using one hose reel, chimney gear and small tools. “Crews are cutting away joists, a thermal imaging camera is now in use.”

UPDATE: Floor joists in the property were severely damaged by the fire.

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