Family home destroyed in Axminster blaze

PUBLISHED: 14:26 01 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:44 01 April 2013

Fire crews damp down the smouldering farmhouse at Axminster, destroyed in a devastating blaze. Photo by Chris Carson

Fire crews damp down the smouldering farmhouse at Axminster, destroyed in a devastating blaze. Photo by Chris Carson

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Firefighters from across the region called to tackle thatched house inferno

Dozens of firefighters from across the region have been tackling a major blaze at a family home in Axminster today (Monday).

They were called to the thatch roof fire, at Hunthay, at around 11.35am.

By lunchtime the two-storey property, measuring approximately 20 metres by 20 metres, was said to be still well alight.

It is believed that a couple and their four children live at the house and were out when the fire started.

Fire crews are at work using four breathing apparatus, three main jets and two compressed air foam systems jets.

Eight fire appliances from Axminster, Colyton, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Seaton, Honiton and Chard were mobilised initially, along with a command support vehicle from Exmouth, a hose layer from Honiton, a water bowser from Barnstaple, a compressed air foam systems appliance and an aerial ladder platform from Danes Castle, Exeter.

Upon arrival, fire crews requested a further four fire appliances from Chard, Ottery St Mary and Bridport.

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Services team also attended.

The Salvation Army attended this incident to provide substantial catering facilities for fire crews.

By lunchtime salvage operations were under way but it is understood the building could not be saved.

Fire crews requested the attendance of Wales and West Utilities and Western Power to isolate the utilities at this premises.

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