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35 firefighters tackle chip shop fire in Mortehoe

By NDJSophie  |  Posted: July 12, 2013

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MORE than 35 firefighters tackled a chip shop blaze in near Woolacombe last night which left the building with serious damage.

A fire which started in the More to Eat Fish and Chip Shop on the Square in Morethoe spread from the kitchen to the above flat. 

Crews from Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Combe Martin and Braunton were called to the scene at 7pm where they found the building engulfed in flames. 

Two units from Barnstaple were also sent to the scene at 7.30pm bringing the total to six fire engines and between 35 and 40 firefighters.

Fire crews said at first they could not enter the building as it was too smoke logged with intense heat.

Windows at the back of the building were opened for ventilation so crews could then begin to tackle the fire.

All six crews took it in turns to enter the building, as they could not stay in the building for very long because the flames were too hot. 

Crews used three hose reel jets, one 45 ml jet, one safety jet and two thermal imaging cameras to tackle the blaze.

Firefighter Burden, from Barnstaple Fire Station said it was a team effort. 

The fire was brought under control at around 8.30pm. 

Investigations are on-going to determine what started the fire, but it is thought it started accidently. 

No one was injured in the incident, but the both the ground floor and first floor of the building were seriously damaged by the fire.

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