One fire appliance from Taunton, one from Wellington and one from Bridgwater attended a property fire yesterday evening in Holway Avenue, Taunton where it was unknown if there were still persons inside the building.
Crews arrived on scene and confirmed smoke issuing, and requested a fourth appliance for assistance, mobilised again from Wellington.
Crews got to work with two breathing apparatus wearers and one hose reel jet.
At 1721 hrs, crews requested a further 2 appliances, taking the total to 6, along with a water carrier. Appliances were sent from Burnham on Sea, Ilminster and the water carrier from Bridgwater. The incident command unit was also mobilised at this point from Wiveliscombe.
Crews increased breathing apparatus wearers to 6 to check the property for persons. The fire was developing throughout the whole property, and crews requested a hydraulic platform, sent from Bridgwater.
Crews increased their water attack to 2 main jets, 1 hose reel jet, 1 safety jet and a fog spike jet, along with a thermal imaging camera and positive pressure ventilation. Western power were requested to attend to isolate power to the property.
At 1820 hrs. Crews were making good progress containing the fire in 2 properties using 1 hose reel jet, 1 covering jet, positive pressure ventilation and breathing apparatus.
At 2100 hrs. Crews still fighting the fire using 3 main jets and a jet from the aerial appliance. The gas main caught alight, and the gas board are on scene isolating the supply to the property. A building inspector is also on scene to check for structural stability. Relief crews have been mobilised from Cullompton, Tiverton and Somerton. One person presented themselves to paramedics with minor burns from the incident, and were treated on scene.
Final details. The fire has now been extinguished by crews. The whole property and adjacent property were damaged severely. The cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental. Duty of care was left with the Police and the boarding up company.