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Incident - Fire Retail/Residential

Date: 13/03/2019
Time: 19:42
Location: New Look, Cornhill, Bridgwater, Somerset.
Area: Somerset
County: Somerset

Fire Control received several calls to reports of an incident at the above location.

Fire engines from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea, along with the aerial ladder platform were sent to the address.

On arrival, crews confirmed this to be a fire involving the store and the floors above.  At 20:00hrs the Officer In Charge made pumps 5, these came from Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton, along with an Incident Command Unit from Street and supporting officers.

This is a fire within a 4 storey residential building with commercial property below.  At 20:31 the Officer In Charge made pumps 9 for breathing apparatus and personnel.

The following fire engines came from Nether Stowey, Taunton and Glastonbury. 

This is a range of 3 and 4 storey buildings in a terrace 200m by 75m used as retail and residential, multi use properties.  Fire in mid terrace shop at ground and first floor levels in voided construction.  There is heavy smoke logging to the upper floors and adjacent properties.  Fire crews are at work with 4 attack jets, 4 safety jets, 2 covering jets, 4 fog spikes and 12 breathing apparatus wearers.

At 21:43 the Officer In Charge made pumps 15 and an additional aerial ladder platform was required. These came from Wellington, Street, Cheddar, Somerton, Ilminster and the aerial ladder platform from Yeovil. 

Various other agencies have also attended this incident throughout the evening, including Police, Ambulance and Western Power.

Crews are carrying out a thorough search of the building to check for fire spread, all persons have been accounted for with no injuries reported.

23:19 - the incident is being scaled down to 6 fire engines.  A thorough check of the adjacent properties has also been carried out, with no fire spread reported.

00:16 - Incident now being reduced to one sector only. Two platforms working within the building, one on the ground floor and the other on the first floor revealing the extent of fire spread. Crews using sundstrom masks to investigate fire spread.

00:46 - Steady progress being made checking for fire spread internally.

01:08 - Incident now scaled down to two pumping appliances, crews still at work checking for fire spread.

02:00 - Stop message - This was a four storey property including one basement consisting of commercial property and unoccupied flats. The building measured approximately 15m by 45m and was constructed of stone and wood walls with a tiled roof. The building suffered 10% fire damage and 40% smoke damage. There were twenty nine breathing apparatus wearers in total using two hose reel jets, two main jets, four fog nails, a thermal imaging camera, and snake camera, ladder and working platforms.

The cause of the fire was deemed accidental.

These are the full and final details. 

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