Firefighters fight fire in block of flats in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 11:08 02 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 02 December 2018

Fire engines at the scene in Harbour Road, Seaton. Picture: Chris Carson

Fire engines at the scene in Harbour Road, Seaton. Picture: Chris Carson

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A major fire has broken out in a block of flats in Seaton with 10 fire crews from across Devon currently tackling the blaze.

The fire broke out at a building in Harbour Road shortly before 7.50am this morning (Sunday) sending three crews from Seaton, Colyton and Axminster to the incident.

Upon arrival firefighters from Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and an aerial ladder platform from Exeter Danes Castle.

A Devon and Somerset Fire Service spokesman said: “Crews confirmed fire within a building consisting of five floors, floors one to four, used as residential properties consisting of 15 flats.

“Crews continue to extinguish the fire however access for crews to fight the fire is hampered by collapsed floor, fire is believed to have spread through floor voids crews working to pull down ceilings to detect and extinguish the fire spread. The hydraulic platform is also in operation.

“Crews continued to make progress extinguishing the fire using four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and two covering jets, crews continued to search flats for casualties. The incident was also sectorised into three sectors.”

Shortly before midday the fire service began scaling down the operation and a meeting took place to find accommodation for affected residents.

A structural engineer was requested to survey the damage while fire crews dampened down hot spots in the building. More to follow.

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